Exterminated in 1890s, elk on way to thriving again in Missouri November 21, 2013

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Exterminated in 1890s, elk on way to thriving again in Missouri November 21, 2013 Springfield News-Leader
... The last wild elk was shot in Missouri’s Bootheel region in the late 1890s, extinguishing a species that had roamed the forests and glades of Missouri for thousands of years. But in May 2011, Missouri conservation officials brought a herd of 35 wild elk from Kentucky ... “What we’re seeing is that the elk are adapting very well here,” Hasenbeck said. “About a third of what they’re eating is from the forest — acorns, leaves from small trees. The rest is native grass and grazing from the food plots...


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