To the Editor:
We looked out our kitchen window one recent afternoon and counted 32 elk on our neighbor's property here in town. Never before have we seen a single elk there, much less 32 of them. No doubt all of us in Craig would agree that there are more animals here than we've ever seen before.
Most of us don't know why this is happening and what this influx means. We've heard that the animals are losing their fear of people and have become more aggressive.
One friend and her daughter took a walk last week, and a deer squared off and went after them. Thankfully, a truck came by at just the right moment and scared the animal away.
We love living in an area where we are blessed with abundant wildlife. But, we are also becoming concerned about safety. Are our children safe playing outside when there are elk in our neighbor's yard? Is our dog safe running on the Sandrocks? Are children safe walking to and from school with deer on both sides of the street?
We need information from the Division of Wildlife about this influx of wildlife, especially as it relates to safety. We think it's important to our entire community.
Dave and Mary Pressley