Is $31,538 Too Much For an Elk?

The Show-Me-State has Spent-The-Money when it comes to an elk reintroduction project that has the state auditor bellowing loud, angry bugles over cost overruns in Missouri's effort to bring elk back to the state.

According to, the Auditor's report showed that the Missouri Conservation Commission has spent $1.23 million on the reintroduction of 39 elk in a three county area for a whopping cost of $31,538 per elk.

As with any government spending, there are multiple sides to the story with how tax payer dollars are spent and the MDC certainly has their explanation, which you can read here.

What do you think? Should states spend large sums of money to reintroduce species like elk?

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