Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Elk Trouble in Pa

Trouble on the range Mark Nale

The Pennsylvania Elk Herd is a very valuable resource to all the citizens of Pennsylvania, not just hunters. Tourism thrives in elk country providing resources to a struggling economy. Why is it then that the Pennsylvania Game Commission allows farmers to indiscriminately kill elk for crop damage?

I understand that the game commission has limited resources and fencing can be very costly. That being said, it seems like a good investment for the state to assist farmers with fencing that will protect against crop damage by elk , deer and bear and protect the tourism industry as well.

What are your thoughts? There has to be a better way of managing our natural resources than simply saying to a farmer,  if elk are causing damage, by all means shoot them!

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