Fond du Lac tribal council supports elk restoration
March 31, 2020
CLOQUET, Minn. — The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has given the go-ahead for the long-developing effort to restore elk to eastern Minnesota, and tribal officials have asked the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to be a partner in the project.
The tribal approval is the next major step to restoring elk, known in Ojibwe as "omashkooz," to Carlton, southern St. Louis and northern Pine counties, where they were native but have been gone from the landscape for 120 years or more. The decision allows tribal natural resources staff to move from studying the idea to forming a plan to move elk in.