New Elk Restore a Part of Missouri's Wildlife History

8 years 6 days 11 hours ago Friday, October 15 2010 Oct 15, 2010 Friday, October 15, 2010 8:22:08 PM CDT October 15, 2010 in News

KIRKSVILLE -  It's a victory for the Missouri Department of Conservation after 10 years of planning on a project to bring elk back to Missouri's wildlife.  The Missouri Conservation Commission heard both support and concerns from the public before making a final vote on the new elk at a meeting Friday morning.  Following the commission's approval for the project, the Department of Conservation said it will begin to make preparations to capture elk and test each animal for any diseases.

The Department of Conservation will release the elk in a 346 sq. mile zone in the southeast part of Missouri including parts of Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties.  According to MDC, officials designated this area for the elk because of the suitable habit, high public land ownership, low road densities and limited agriculture activity.  This area includes 33 miles of highway and each road averages between 240 and 470 cars per day.

The department is comparing its elk restoration project with other states like Kentucky and Arkansas that have made similar moves.  MDC officials estimated the cost would be about $411,000 for up to 150 elk brought to the state in the first year.  One department official said some of the money to pay for the project will come from special interest groups.

At Friday's meeting, some Missourians showed support for the new elk while others brought up factors opposing them.

"We think this is going to be a major benefit to the state of Missouri both economically and for wildlife for people like myself," Doug Smentkowski, Mule Deer Foundation chairman said.

"We're worried about the damage that elk would do to farmers' fences.  We're worried about the liability that occurs when farmers' cows get out because elk would destory the fence," said Blake Hurst with the Missouri Farm Bureau.

While Missouri business owners and citizens expressed some of the potential problems associated with the new elk.  MDC officials have already given further thought on likely issues that may result once the elk are released into the wild.

"Every elk that will be brought in will be fitted with a VHF or GPS radio transmitter," Lonnie Hansen, resource scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said.

With the elk technology, experts would be able to keep an eye on the population's movement, survival, reproduction, habit usage and modeling.

People also addressed issues like if the new elk will cause vehicle accidents, if the animals will carry any diseases and if any members of the species will roam outside their designated living area.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA -The next Mega Millions drawing will take place the night of Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. central time. ... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, October 22 2018 Oct 22, 2018 Monday, October 22, 2018 3:57:00 AM CDT October 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's 107th Homecoming has come and gone, but left behind a lot of clean up.... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
HERMANN - Neighbors in the town of Hermann, Missouri are still grieving after a fatal accident involving a trolley killed... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:01:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri men’s basketball program suffered a crushing blow Sunday night when it was announced that sophomore power... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 7:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in Sports
(CNN) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 4:20:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) - The Washington Post says Saudi Arabia's announcement about the death of contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi is not an... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 2:28:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - One man is dead after being ejected from his motorcycle during a crash Saturday night. Kin... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 9:15:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
PECULIAR - Fourth generation dairy farmer Jay Fogle is one of many Missouri milk cow operators who are struggling to... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One person was killed in a crash late Saturday night on North Stadium Boulevard (State Route E) near... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:47:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
HERMANN - One person was killed and several people were injured in a crash involving a trolley, according to the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:57:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:11:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Nineteen members of Missouri Task Force One returned to Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Saturday morning after... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:16:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:58:08 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:48:36 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:50:24 AM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke about health care in Columbia on Friday at Laborers Local 955, as part of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After realizing the underrepresentation of Hispanic business owners in mid-Missouri, three Hispanic professionals established a group of 12... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the last week of the regular season and it's a cold one. Our game of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in Friday Night Fever
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 40°
7am 43°
8am 44°
9am 48°
10am 53°