While western states are struggling to keep their elk populations healthy thanks to wolves (and other various problems), the elk that have been reintroduced in eastern states are thriving. There are hunting populations in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, and this spring, elk will be introduced in Virginia. And Old Dominion’s neighboring state, Maryland, may be the next state to add elk to the list.
A new survey shows that nearly 75 percent of Marylanders would support reintroducing elk in Maryland. According to the Baltimore Sun, “The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been working with the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to review the biological, social and economic feasibility of restoring the species in the state.”
While proponents are encouraged by the results, there is still some hurdles to jump over before elk enter Maryland. There will be more public input and scientific research completed. But if elk come into Maryland, we’ll be sure to let you know. –Brian McClintock
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