Starting December 1st there will be a new wildlife license plate available for purchase. The current loon license plate will be replaced by an elk to commemorate 100 years since the reintroduction of elk in Michigan. Elk once flourished in Michigan until the 1800's when they disappeared due to unregulated take and a lack of habitat.

Russ Mason, who is Division Chief of the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife expressed his enthusiasm,

“We are excited for a changing of the guard. The loon license plate has had a long run, and helped to raise over $2.6 million for wildlife habitat since 2006. All funds from the sale of the elk license plate will continue to help wildlife management. This funding is extremely important because it helps all wildlife."

In 1918, seven elk were transported to Wolverine, MI in order to re-populate.

The final day a loon plate can be purchased is November 30th, however those who currently have the plate may continue to use it. To purchase the loon plate you can print and complete the order form or visit your local Secretary Of State. Starting December 1st, the elk plate will be available through Michigan.gov.