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Concerns aired about growing elk herd

March 21, 2012

Photo by Joseph Bell – Fran Gustafson, a Jay Township supervisor, discusses the dangers of the growing elk herd during a board of commissioners meeting.

Fran Gustafson, a Jay Township supervisor, shared concerns about the growing elk herd Tuesday morning during an Elk County Commissioners meeting.
"It's getting bad-- they're eating the grass, people can't have gardens, they can't do anything," Gustafson said. "I don't know where this is going to lead. It's now becoming a county thing, not a township thing, and it has spread and spread."
According to Gustafson, there have been at least three vehicle accidents in the past month, with three vehicles being totaled, due to the elk presence.
"Someone is going to get killed. It's not one or two anymore, it's 30 in your backyard," Gustafson said. "I don't know what [county commissioners] can do, but we have a serious problem-- I don't know what to say when I go back to these people. They even put plastic flowers out at the graveyard and [the elk] ate them.
"I get these phone calls, they can't even put bird feeders out-- smashed the bird feeders. When you go out and there are 30 of them, I've seen them chase dogs around yards, and I mentioned feed slots being put out. They're looking for feed and if the Game Commission wants to build this herd, OK, just go feed them somewhere else."

Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, March 21, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

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