Missourians got to say "Welcome Home", after a 150‐year absence, to thirty‐four wild elk in
May 2011 after a trailer brought the heard from Kentucky and released them into a holding pen
at the Peck Ranch Conservation Area. Following an acclimation period, the elk – including five
new claves – were released into the wild in June to roam the rugged hills and valleys of the
346‐square‐mile elk restoration zone spanning parts of Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties.
The Missouri Department of Conservation plans to release up to 150 elk in the future, as well
as hold a limited hunting season once the herd is well established. RMEF provided
$300,000 for trapping, disease testing and transportation costs, while RMEF members played a huge
role in returning elk to Missouri, including spending countless hours calling and writing state
legislators to get their support for the reintroduction. Many were also on hand to help prepare
the release siteand construct the holding pens on the Peck Ranch (Source: Elk Restoration, RMEF).