Saturday, May 26, 2012

Western Maryland Elk Reintroduction Update

In 2011, The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation (MLSF), Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) announced the formation of a Partnership to determine the viability of elk reintroduction in Western Maryland.

A recent survey found three out of four Maryland residents support the reintroduction of this once-native species. In the next phase the Partnership plans to meet with interested individuals, groups and organizations.

If a consensus is reached, reintroduction efforts could move forward, assuming suitable habitat exists for elk as determined by the staff within DNR.

By October 31, 2012, the partnership envisions completion of the social, biological and economic feasibility assessment. With the statewide survey completed, the next phase will involve:

* MLSF will host meetings with interested stakeholders

* DNR will pursue a habitat suitability analysis

* a final report will be prepared by the Partnership that speaks to the 12-month assessment for purposes of presenting to the governing bodies of Western Maryland, et al.

source: MD DNR