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.


KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 8074807 - kktv.com/a?a=8074807
Gray Television, Inc.