These are exciting times for MDC staff working on Missouri’s elk-restoration program. Work has been progressing rapidly at the trapping site in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Kentucky. We have gotten a few inquiries about this, so I thought I would share the latest news from our trapping crew.
As of this morning, they had 38 elk in the holding pen near Pineville. About three out of four were cows. That’s about the ratio you want when restoring a population. Six of the elk now in MDC’s holding pen are yearling males, so-called “spike bulls.” They aren’t very spiky, though. Their unforked antlers have been sawed off so they are less apt to injure themselves, other elk or the workers who will be performing veterinary health work-ups on them next week.
I will post another update then!