Lonnie Hansen

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Mon July 8, 2013

After Conservation Efforts, Elk Herd Thriving In Missouri

Some 100 elk are living in southeast Missouri after an effort to restore the species to the state.
David Stonner Missouri Department of Conservation

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.

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