By 7 a.m. on the morning of the release at Peck Ranch CA, Missouri's first elk were grazing calmly in their pens.
Missouri's elk restoration project has numerous partners including some national organizations (video).
The Department will rely on permitted hunting to maintain Missouri's elk-herd size and to help keep elk inside the restoration zone.
Video of elk in a natural setting.
A very large member of the deer family, elk are brown or tan above with darker underparts, with a thick neck and yellowish-brown rump patch and tail. Elk are being restored in three Ozark counties.
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