Ha.....you touched on the sticking point. They "COULD" ......but won't. They have not done it to promote other animals we already have.....that are already in significant decline.....I don't see them doing it for something we don't currently have. They cut some old growth forest in Yellow-wood recently and the tree huggers had a fit. They don't realize that if you do nothing eventually everything turns to old growth forest!Indiana Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service could create openings in Yellowwood State Forest, Morgan-Monroe State Forest and Hoosier National Forest. It would help habitat for other wildlife like deer, turkey, woodcock, rabbits, ruffed grouse, bats, etc.
I also figured you not to be the type that wanted them behind a fence....just the fastest way to do it based on the current management climate was my point.
I think the road to elk in IN is going to have to start with prairie restoration and creating suitable habitat first.....then, bring the elk into the picture. Our DNR doesn't seem interested in saving the declining populations of various critters we have due to habitat loss and they seem determined to gut the deer population as well. Both of those do not seem to demonstrate they are anywhere near interested in restoring elk to Indiana in my opinion.