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Agriculture
7:56 am
Mon December 9, 2013

State audit faults conservation dept. for overspending on elk restoration

These two bull elk were among the first to arrive at Peck Ranch in May, 2011. They were outfitted with GPS collars for tracking purposes.
Credit David Stonner / Missouri Department of Conservation

A report released on Friday by the Missouri auditor's office says the state continued to overspend on its elk restoration project, even after a 2011 audit found it was way over budget.

The current audit found the Missouri Department of Conservation spent close to $3.4 million to bring 129 elk into the state. Only an estimated 115 elk have survived.

But conservation department Deputy Director Tom Ripperger says those figures are misleading.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Auditor reviews Mo. Conservation Department

State Auditor Tom Schweich filed paperwork on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, to explore a political campaign for U.S. Senate.
State of Missouri

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says his office is starting a new review of the state Department of Conservation.

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