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May 2, 2011MARYVILLE, MO | By: Wayman
Missouri now has some controversial new residents today: Elk.
The Department of Conservation has been working for a couple of years to re-introduce the species into south east Missouri and they arrived on Saturday. Cattle ranchers like Booby Simpson are opposed to the reintroduction saying the 500 pound elk could cause car accidents, break fences, and compete with livestock for forage. Department of Conservation scientist Lonnie Hansen says they will respond to landowner complaints within 24 hours. The goal of the project is to bring in 150 elk over the next few years and have the population grow to about 500 animals in south Missouri.