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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Poll: If MO Reintroduces Elk, and They Damage Stuff, Should the State Be Liable?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 12:30 PM

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The Department of Conservation is about to reintroduce about 150 elk into southwestern Missouri. (They were here long before Europeans arrived, but were completely wiped out by the end of the Civil War.)

The move has not only angered the Farm Bureau; now, you've got politicians such as Republican State Representative Casey Guernsey voicing concerns that the elk could damage crops or cause traffic accidents.

The state is willing to pay more than $400,000 to restore the species; should the state also be willing to assume liability for any damage the animals cause?

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