(Jefferson City, MO) -- Nearly a year after dozens of
elk were brought into the Show-Me State comes word of another round of
The Missouri Department of
Conservation says it will soon add 35 wild elk to the state's recently restored
herd at Peck Ranch Conservation Area.
The 221,000-acre elk restoration
zone covers parts of Shannon, Carter, and Reynolds counties.
MDC says the elk are set to arrive at
the refuge area on May 18 from a capture site in eastern Kentucky. The animals will make a 400-mile
overnight journey in a livestock tractor trailer, and will join 31 adult elk
that were transported last spring.
The department is working with the
Missouri Department of Agriculture and the U.S., Kentucky and Virginia departments of agriculture, along
with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Services (KDFWS) and Virginia
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).
The elk will wear radio collars to
track their movement.
MDC says it has "temporarily
closed the 12,000-acre refuge area at Peck Ranch to public access until
mid-summer to minimize disturbances to elk arriving from Kentucky and to resident elk that are
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