Hi all,
Thanks Phil,
My initial reaction is why doesn't MDC consider a grand restoration effort
for Bachman's Sparrow and/or Swainson's Warbler, instead of focusing on a
large mammal that will inevitably cause injury and even possibly death on
Missouri's road ways?

I like elk as well as anyone, but I question whether these large mammals
should be reintroduced into a relatively small geographic area.  We all know
that MDC's effort in restoring giant Canada Geese and River Otters have been
successful to a fault....  What if elk populations do half as well.  What
can we expect?   And, being a bird advocate, a few hundred more Bachman's
Sparrows in the state would be nice.

$.02 worth....

Good birding,
Greg Swick
Ozark, MO

On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM, Philip Wire <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> MOBirders--
> The Missouri Department of Conservation is currently considering
> reintroducing a small population of elk into the eastern Ozarks in Shannon,
> Carter, and Reynolds counties. There is a public comment period that ends
> October 1st. Extensive woodland/savanna/glade restoration work has been done
> in this area (benefitting many declining songbirds) and large grazers like
> elk usually help that process along. Their presence would probably also
> serve as an incentive to keep such efforts going. Here is a link to the page
> with information as well as a place for the public to send in comments...
> Just my opinion... I did some surveys at Peck Ranch Conservation Area (in
> the heart of the proposed range) over several days in the summer of 2007 as
> part of a seasonal job and it was clear the MDC was taking restoration
> seriously. They were doing lots to open up former glades and woodlands.
> Given the role elk played in Missouri's landscape I think it would be a
> definite step in the right direction. There was a less detailed elk
> restoration plan that was shelved in the early 2000's due to concerns over
> chronic wasting disease and damage to private property, but it seems this
> plan addresses those issues pretty thoroughly. Check it out and comment one
> way or the other if so inclined.
> Phil Wire
> Bowling Green, Pike Co.
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