A Herd Of Elk Cost Farmers ProfitFarmers near the Lancaster and Lake Bronson have spent years battling a herd of Elk that eats their crops and feed meant for cattle.
Farmers near the Lancaster and Lake Bronson have spent years battling a herd of Elk that eats their crops and feed meant for cattle. Now the DNR is going to kill the herd. The farmers say they'll be glad to be rid of the problem, but think that there are other solutions to killing the elk.
The Department of Natural Resources is now going to spend thousands of dollars to kill a herd of elk that is affecting farmers in Northwest Minnesota. But killing these animals is not the farmer's first choice.
Carl Christopherson/Elk Eating Crops:"There has gotten to be to many of them the DNR says they are trying to manage them and they don't they have been giving out hunting licenses but it has not been enough to keep the numbers down."
Brad Kulyk/Having Problems With Elk: "They are a problem but we are not having a problem with the elk its with the DNR's way of thinking and not taking peoples opinions in what to do or how to do it."
Farmers say its the mismanagement of the elk by the DNR that is causing all the problems, farmers are more worried about TB spreading to their cattle.
Carl Christopherson/Elk Eating Crops: "Next door here we have the TB core area and all that but if we get another outbreak of TB its lights out for the cattle in Minnesota."
As you can see the elk have been eating away at these farmers fields and hay bales for years. Farmers think the herd could be spared by just feeding them further north, where they won't disturb anymore farmsteads.
Carl Christopherson/Elk Eating Crops: "it takes your bottom line out and what you should be putting into your pocket your giving to the elk so its really hard to make a living now."
Brad Kulyk/Having Problems With Elk: "They are getting into my profit and thats my living, its my income."
The DNR is contracting sharpshooters with the USDA to kill the herd.
WDAZ tried to contact the DNR but had no luck. The Department of Natural Resources is going to test the meat for bovine TB and donate the good meat to local food shelves and land owners effected by the elk.