For the first time since the Civil War, elk are back on Missouri soil.
The 34 elk spent three months in quarantine in Kentucky before arriving today in southeast Missouri. They'll be housed temporarily at the Peck Ranch Conservation Area, which is part of the elk restoration zone.
The elk's arrival was delayed from April 30 so conservation officials could complete all the necessary health tests.
You can also see photos of the elk and find out more about the reintroduction above. And, for more information aboutÂ the elk restoration efforts prior to their arrival in Missouri, see the video below the story text.
Starting tomorrow*, elk will be back in Missouri. They havenâ€™t been here since the mid-1800s, when hunting and habitat loss drove eastern elk to extinction.
States from Arkansas to Pennsylvania have since reestablished their elk populations. And now Missouri is trying to do the same.
But not everyone is happy about the stateâ€™s elk reintroduction plans.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would return control of the St. Louis Police Department to the city. The department has been under state control since the Civil War. Last year, the bill fell 12 votes short of first-round approval, but this year it passed overwhelmingly, with more than 75 percent of lawmakers voting yes. Supporters added a new argument this year: that it doesn't make sense to subsidize the St. Louis Police Department while having to cut the state budget in other areas.