Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Scientist Lonnie Hansen discusses the Department's plan to restore elk to a 346-square-mile area in Southeast Missouri.
Based on current information and knowledge, the elk restoration goals include a well-defined zone, habitat and herd management guidelines, health protocols and public input.
In July, 2010, the Conservation Commission directed the Department to re-initiate development of an elk restoration plan.
The plan calls for releasing up to 150 elk into a 346-square-mile “restoration zone” in and around the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. View the detailed map.
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