MARYVILLE, Mo. — A young bull elk was killed early Monday morning after being struck by a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 71 near State Route M in Nodaway County.
“We get an occasional sighting from year to year,” said Nathan Carr, Nodaway County agent for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
He said the department is not sure where the 2- to 3-year old elk is from, but it is believed to be from the west or north, not the restoration zone herd in south Missouri.
He explained that this bull fits the profile of previous sightings, young and male.
According to the MDC website, Missouri has a long history of elk sightings throughout the state even before the elk restoration process began in the southern region of the state. Nodaway County has had three sightings reported so far in 2019. Sometimes those sightings are the same animal.
“I don’t know that we have any kind of established herd in the area,” Carr said.
Reported sightings have occurred in more than 44 of Missouri’s 114 counties and have been documented in all parts of the state, according to the MDC website. There are free-ranging elk present in all the states bordering Missouri except for Illinois and Iowa.
Carr told The Forum that the elk will be tested to make sure it’s not carrying any diseases, such as Chronic Wasting Disease. Nodaway County is not and never has been in the CWD management zone.
“People should always be on the lookout for deer, more than anything,” Carr stressed. “With the crops coming out and rut sets in, there will be more activity on the roads.”