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.
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.
Video of elk in a natural setting.
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