Cumberland Times-News


October 13, 2012




Finally, after 15 months, there will be a public meeting to see what all of us think about the possibility of reintroducing Rocky Mountain elk into Garrett and Allegany counties.

Set your alarm clock, because the meeting will take place at 8 a.m. on Nov. 2, that’s a Friday, in the Community Room of the Allegany Arts Council at 9 N. Centre St. in downtown Cumberland.

If you remember, the idea to relocate elk was generated by the Maryland-based chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The investigation into the reintroduction has three sponsors: the elk foundation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation.

Bill Miles, executive director of the MLSA, has been our source of information during the one-year-plus. Miles said the meeting details for Nov. 2 were handled by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.

It was announced in May that 809 Marylanders responded to a telephone survey about the possible reintroduction of Rocky Mountain elk into Garrett and Allegany counties and almost 75 percent of them think it is a good idea.

The survey was done by Responsive Management of Harrisonburg, Va. Of the respondents, 230 were from far Western Maryland.

Elk last lived in the state more than 200 years ago.

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