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.
Missouri’s elk population appears to be settling into their new home state, according to state conservation officials.
Dr. Joseph Millspaugh of the University of Missouri -- Columbia updated the Missouri Conservation Commission today on the state’s elk herd, which he says seems to be doing well.
“(We have) evidence of survival rates (and) reproductive rates that are average to high," Millspaugh said. "We see diet quality certainly within the range of what we would expect.”
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