Shirkey: New specialty plate to aid wildlife management

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Mike Shirkey announced on Tuesday that a new specialty license plate will be available starting next month.

Beginning Dec. 1, the specialty Michigan license plate featuring the common loon will be replaced with an elk plate to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the reintroduction of elk in Michigan.

“The reintroduction of elk in the state is a great success story,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “We have gone from no elk to a healthy, thriving population. This plate will celebrate this success and help maintain our natural resources.”

Michigan’s native elk disappeared from the state around 1875. In 1918, seven elk were brought in from the western United States and the population grew steadily. A 2014 survey estimated the herd to number 668.

Funds from the sale of the elk license plate will continue to help wildlife management.

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