What's your view on the elk and deer problem in Moffat County?

This is a historically normal winter and the elk and deer die off is natural part of the cycle. The Division of Wildlife should not get involved unless the situation gets worse. 112 votes

46.28%

The situation is bad and the Division of Wildlife and the ranchers who benefit from hunters should help these animals. 117 votes

48.35%

Other 13 votes

5.37%

242 total votes

Comments

trout2k 6 years, 10 months ago

Please feed the elk and deer. They feed and sustain this community in countless ways aside from their precious protien. The deer and elk are our brothers. Would you deny your own brother of food?

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grannyrett 6 years, 10 months ago

As hard as it is to watch, this is a natural cycle of wildlife. It has been this way since the beginning of time. Every so often, there will be a rough winter, and animals will die. It keeps overpopulation in check. It is nature's way of limiting the size of the herds so that they don't become to large. It is survival of the fittest.

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trout2k 6 years, 10 months ago

It is kind of hard to call this the "Elk Capitol" when there are no elk running around. No elk = no business....oh but I forgot. We're in the middle of a gas and oil boom ....who needs the elk and deer when we've got oil, gas, skiing, etc? What will this community do when the fossil fuels are gone? then we're back to hunting and skiing as out two biggest attractions. Citizen, I hope I am wrong for your sake and mine...and that maybe I do need to get a grip. May your life be prosperous so that you can learn to treat others with respect and have respect for different views. Let's hope that granny is right and we don't lose too many.

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nikobesti 6 years, 10 months ago

trout2: Elk numbers have been way over DOW objectives for many years now. When even the wildlife agency that makes a living off the elk say they're too many, then they're too many. This overpopulation is impacting the condition of the range. If we can't get the numbers down by hunting, why not get the numbers down naturally? DOW should stick to their guns for now and let nature work. If we start to see a crisis, then we can intervene.

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sunbeam 6 years, 10 months ago

It's wrong to call the elk situation natural. There is nothing natural about the towns, roads, traffic, and fences that the elk have to deal with. Or sharing their feed with herds of cattle, sheep, and horses. They run for their lives from September, when the calves are barely 3 months old, through the rut and into November and December, a time when elk herds should be putting on fat for the coming winter. Tens of thousands of calves are orphaned during the cow hunt, their odds of surviving the winter reduced. All this interference, yet now that the winter is bad and the elk starving people just say "sorry for your bad luck" TYPICAL

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citizensforgrowth 6 years, 10 months ago

sunbeam...maybe living in Teepee's would be better? Then the impact would not be so very harsh on the Elk. You know I look out my living room window and see Elk and Deer coming into the yard all the time. Let nature take it's course and the DOW do something only when necessary.

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trout2k 6 years, 10 months ago

Native, You argument has no logic. First off, I was talking about after this hard winter(there would be no more). They're running around right now.....starving and looking for handouts. Of course you see more right now. (good job to those who are feeding)Your logic is that if we can only feed a few then we should not feed any??? That makes sense. Your "all or nothing" way of thinking has done our culture so much good and I can see how that really applies to deer and elk. In Jackson, Wy, they successfully fed the elk for many years. There have been years when this community has depended financially on the deer and elk. Let's not forget the big bust in the 80's and early 90's. Your way of thinking when you say "Don't feed the wildlife:except when we feel sorry for them in a harsh winter?" Is way off course. You're saying that because this is the way we've done it in the past, this is also how we should continue to do it forever. What a stick in the mud. Progress is not made on the concept of past practice. Progress is something new. Positive change. I was taught from a young age that if you know what is right in your heart, you should do it. It does not mean it is going to be easy. You have to do what is right. In my heart I know it is right to help sustain the critters that keep this community alive in so many different ways. To do otherwise seems like we are selling ourselves and the deer and elk out. My hope is that spring arrives early this year and this debate is a pointless time filler that we've all wasted our time on.

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sunbeam 6 years, 10 months ago

I was simply trying to point out that we have an impact and a responsibility toward the elk. Perhaps you're right. Don't feed them, don't shoot them, don't destroy their habitat. Make all the people disappear, and let the "wild"life live and die as wildlife and as nature intended. I'm not the one out of touch with reality, and belonging in a teepee.

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