The Ontario government is looking for feedback on a proposed plan that will help support a healthy and self-sustaining elk population.
After disappearing in the 1800s, elk were reintroduced to four areas of the province a decade ago. Over the last 10 years, the Ministry of Natural Resources and its partners have focused on re-establishing and monitoring the species in Ontario.
The draft Elk Management Plan marks an important milestone: a progression from restoring the herds to managing them sustainably. The draft plan includes goals and objectives for managing elk and their habitat, and addresses issues such as climate change, predators and societal interests.
The draft Elk Management Plan has been posted on the Environmental Registry and comments will be accepted until January 7, 2010. The final plan is expected to be released in spring 2010.