Colorado Elk Cause Headaches In Arkansas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hundreds of elk, some of them from Colorado, are causing a lot of anger and frustration for farmers in the Arkansas Ozarks.

The Game and Fish Commission brought more than 100 elk from Colorado and Nebraska to Arkansas by 1985 as part of a plan to reintroduce the animals to the area.

Now, the elk number about 450, and farmers say they're eating hay that's awaiting harvest, and knocking down fences as they run through fields. Arkansas allows limited hunting of the animals by permit each year, but some farmers say the elk are still too populous.

A deputy director of the commission, David Goad, has suggested putting PVC pipe on top of the barbed-wire fence so the elk can see it better.

He also says farmers could shoot rubber buckshot at the elk.

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