Haywood County hearing set on rules for elk management


CLYDE, N.C. (AP) — A hearing is set this week in western North Carolina on new rules for managing the elk population.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/2cbhPd1) the hearing is set Thursday at Haywood Community College in Clyde on Thursday.

The deaths of several elk found at a dairy farm in Waynesville earlier this year prompted the hearing. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission found evidence a number of elk had been killed at the dairy. But the agency’s biologists also found the elk had damaged property at the dairy and law enforcement officers decided against filing charges.

The February incident upset those who enjoy the return of elk to the area and property owners who are suffering damage.

The new rules would require landowners to report any action that damages elk within 24 hours.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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