21 October 2008

How green my valley?

Looks like it's time to thin the herd...

In the Ministry of Natural Resource’s eyes, the return of elk to the Bancroft area is a success story, born out of the work of environmentalists’ concern for an indigenous species that once disappeared.

But to the agriculture sector, they are a nuisance, causing farmers thousands of dollars in crop damage for which they can’t find compensation.

“Imagine a 500-cow beef herd running loose in the Bancroft area,” he said. “They eat a lot of feed. And the best grazing is on improved pastures and in field crops. You can’t blame the animal, but that happens to be farmer’s livelihood.”
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Elk burgers required.

Sean McAllister said...

Elk is not an endangered species yet? How did Suzuki miss that?

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin must have been by shooting the wolves from a helicopter.

Foster Karcha said...

Manage the issue and make some money: charge hunters for permission to hunt elk on your land.

Raging Ranter said...

The farmers from my home town in the Interlake area in Manitoba are crying over this too. Can't say I feel much sympathy for them. It's one of the hazards of farming. Elk hunting is already allowed, and a limited number of licenses are raffled out the the MB government each year. Other than control the population, which we already do through a restricted hunting season, I'm not sure what else the government can do about the problem.