Elk Will Return to Missouri in 2011
Missouri will join Arkansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee in reintroducing elk to the Show-Me state. The initial plan calls for releasing up to 150 wild elk into Reynolds, Carter, and Shannon counties.
According to Allvoices.com the initial reintroduction will begin next year in a 346 square mile restoration zone. Elk have not been a part of Missouri's wildlife mix for about 150 years. Hunting, fencing, and habitat competition caused the former herds to decline and disappear. Radio collars will be used to track the locations of the released animals. The habitat in the restoration area has been improved since the year 2000 to prepare for the integration of the elk into the state.