MO Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking information in a poaching case in Shannon County.  According to MDC, two adult elk were shot Friday, Feb. 8, near the Log Yard area of the county. One of the elk was a 10-year-old bull, brought to the state from Kentucky in 2011. The other was an adult cow, born in Missouri. Conservation agents say no parts of either animal were removed.  They say most poaching incidents are done for fun or out of spite and have nothing to do with providing meat for a family.

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You'll soon be able to see the elk again at Peck Ranch Conservation Area.  The refuge portion of Peck Ranch is set to re-open Friday (8/12).  Part of the area, which included the elk-viewing route, was closed about a month ago due to flood damage.  Access was still allowed to approximately 12,000 acres outside the refuge.

According to a Missouri Conservation news release, most of the roads that had been washed out have been repaired.  Carter County Road P-159, in the southern part of Peck Ranch and one of the routes leading into the refuge is open, but it's still being repaired.

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If you’ve been thinking about taking a road trip to Peck Ranch to see elk, you’ll have to put it off for a little while.   The Missouri Department of Conservation has closed the refuge portion of the conservation area until further notice after roads were damaged by recent flooding.  The closure includes the elk viewing route.