If you read the Central Peace Signal, you know there is a problem with elk herds in the area. A similar article appeared in the Western Producer in August, detailing complaints from farmers that herds of hundreds were devouring bales, breaking fencing, and threatening livestock.
Back in 2007 Peace Country Sun published this article, which will seem very familiar.
It is obvious that there is a problem with elk numbers in the Peace Country. What isn’t so obvious is what should be done about it. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development is concerned with animals at risk, but what about animals that are a risk? Do herds of such numbers impact other wild species and habitats? Are they less healthy than smaller herds? At what point does a cull become necessary?
There are hundreds of questions around this issue. If you have a question, feel free to drop it in the comment box. If you have an answer, we particularly want to hear from you.
Also, does anyone have photos of these giant herds? Consider posting them here. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with any information that may be of use to people in Spirit River and the surrounding Peace Country. We love to hear from you!