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Conservation Department may be responsible for damages caused by elk

February 28, 2000
By: Jessica Carter
State Capital Bureau

A Missouri Senator wants to hold someone accountable for damages caused by wild elk, even though there are none in the state. Jessica Carter has the story from Jefferson City.

Story:
RunTime: 40sx
OutCue: (I'm Jessica Carter.)

Rural Senator Morris Westfall has proposed a bill that would make the Conservation Department financially responsible for damages caused by wild elk.

A private foundation is conducting a study to see if there is a potential habitat for the animal in Missouri.

Westfall says elk can weigh up to five times more than deer and can cause more serious damage.

Actuality: Westfall
RunTime: 13sx
OutCue: (do more damage)
Contents: (Says elk are big and stout and can do more damage, can consume crops and take out fences.)

The Conservation Department opposes to the bill. They say it's not needed because there are still no wild elk in the state. From the State Capitol, I'm Jessica Carter.


There are no wild elk in Missouri just yet, but when they come, one Senator says he wants to make someone responsible for any damages they cause. Jessica Carter reports from Jefferson City.

Story:Carter
RunTime: 40sx
OutCue: (I'm Jessica Carter.)

Rural Senator Morris Westfall has proposed a bill that would make the Conservation Department financially responsible for damages caused by wild elk.

There are none in the State right now, but a private foundation is conducting a study to see if Missouri has a suitable habitat for the animals.

Westfall says elk can be five times bigger than deer and may cause property damage.

Actuality: Westfall
RunTime: 11sx
OutCue: (to hurt someone.)
Contents: (He says they are bigger than deer and if you hit one they can cause damage to your vehicle.)

The Conservation Department opposes this bill saying its premature because the elk won't even arrive for the study until later this year.

From the State Capitol, I'm Jessica Carter.