Maryland Looking to Reintroduce Elk

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Maryland has not been home to elk since the 1700s. Now the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are looking into the possibility of reintroducing elk to Maryland. The Elk Foundation gave the MLSF $125,000 in grant money to conduct research.

The residents will be involved as well, a survey, and then meetings to see if the elk should be introduced to Allegany and Garrett counties. The three foundations have issued a statement. It will take at least 12 months to review all the facets; biological, social, and economic, that will be affected by introducing elk, and to see if it is even possible.

Other states that have elk near by are Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Usually when reintroduced they are brought to old strip mines that have been reclaimed. The foundations have said they will keep the neighboring states current with the study. From Cumberland Times-News.

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Retired2hunt's picture

  I too really enjoy reading

 

I too really enjoy reading of reintroduction plans and/or programs.  If I were to get back into the workforce I would really like to be a part of the team that performs the study of the feasibility and have input into the actual actions associated with the reintroduction.  I think it would be great to be one of the people involved with the capture and placement of animals within the reintroduction.  I hope they are successful in their endeavor here.  Working with the neighboring states can only assist in their success.  Within a couple of years we should be reading about Marylands first ever Elk hunting season that has been made possible through a successful elk management program.

 

hunter25's picture

I love reading these stories

I love reading these stories of the elk reintroduction programs. We now have them in places I would have never imagined when I was a kid. And at the time didn't know that they had already been there once before. More and more states have herds now and it looks like many more want them. All the states mentioned and others like Michigan and Minnesota have some very good herds going. And I believe it was Missouri that just got thoers started this year.

A big thank you to the Rocky Mountain Foundation for all they have done for elk out west and now all the many other states as well. They are one of the best out there for actually making things happen that we can all enjoy.