David Allen

Elk reintroduction in Western Maryland to be studied

Two organizations that promote big-game hunting have joined with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to study the viability of reintroducing elk to the western part of the state after more than a 200-year absence.

The feasibility studies conducted by the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation and the Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will take about a year. The studies will look into the biological, social and economic impact elk might have in the western part of the state.

David Allen, president of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, said in an interview with the Sun that the studies will cost about $250,000,...