Efforts to reestablish an elk population in southeastern Missouri are now in their third year, and the Missouri Department of Conservation considers the project a success.
There are close to 70 elk now living in parts of Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties, with another 50 arriving in May.
Kurt Schilligo contributed reporting for this story.
The record summer heat has probably contributed to the death of some of the elk herd recently reintroduced in the Missouri Ozarks.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says six female adults and four calves died in mid-to-late July. The mothers of two of the calves were among the dead females.
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