"Elk obstruct roads, trample fences, and decimate crops and forage. Disease transmission between elk and livestock is a major concern. Landowners suffer the brunt of the unintended consequences of elk restoration. If imposing these risks associated with elk is deemed acceptable today, then will 'native' wildlife species that pose greater risks be next?"But none of that has happened - at least so far.
As of June 30, 2011 the MDC had spent more than $1.23 million to reintroduce just 39 elk, spending three times more to reintroduce about one-fourth as many elk as planned. Moreover, the MDC executive staff and the commission discussed the elk restoration project in closed sessions in January, April and May 2010 in apparent violation of the Sunshine Law.The MDC writes on its website that the elk restoration project was "prompted by citizen requests." (You may not be a hunter, but you may want to drive the kids down to gawk at the elk, which are known as tourist-attracting "charismatic megafauna").
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