Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:21 am
Conservation officials in Missouri want deer hunters to take precautions this fall in order to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.
Missouri conservation officials say they are pleased with the way a three-year effort to restore elk to the southeastern part of the state is going.
The last group of elk arrived at the Peck Ranch conservation area this spring, bringing the total to around 100 animals.
Department of Conservation resource scientist Lonnie Hansen says the state will start controlling the population when it reaches about 400 elk.
Until then, the focus is on keeping the animals healthy.
Efforts to reestablish an elk population in southeastern Missouri are now in their third year, and the Missouri Department of Conservation considers the project a success.
There are close to 70 elk now living in parts of Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties, with another 50 arriving in May.
A number of calves have been born at Peck Ranch, including this 2011 newborn.