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 .