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2 Colorado Men Charged With Killing at Least 34 Elk

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Re: 2 Colorado Men Charged With Killing at Least 34 Elk

my aunt knows who these guys are. she said one them emailed the DOW and said that if they didn't come and take care of the elk that were eating his hay, he was gonna do it himself. Guess he went through with it. He waited for the DOW to respond for like 2 weeks and they never did. It was definately wrong to take matters in his own hands but still...i think the DOW should have done something about it

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I live in Moffat County. The elk were killed in protest of how DOW has handled the elk in our area this winter. It was not a smart move on the ranchers part to kill the elk. There have been articles and letters to the editor in our local paper all winter long about the game damage.

We've had a very harsh winter here. The animals have suffered terribly. This area has been over populated with elk for years now, and this winter really highlighted that problem. The elk were literally starving to death, they needed help. The DOW of course stated that the elk dying is mother nature's way of taking care of the over population, which is true, however they invaded the hay and feed that was readily available on the ranches. I don't know what the solution should have been.

On one hand I agree that the elk dying of starvation is simply mother nature's way, but I have to tell you its been very hard to watch. Before an elk or deer dies, they literally just stand around, sometimes for days. They no longer move or even try to eat, then they lie down and die a slow death. Many died very close to town. People called the DOW to dispatch the suffering elk or deer. The DOW did not respond or take action. I heard of people who on their own humanely dispatched (shot) the elk, once they were past the point of recovery. I don't know what condition the elk were in that the ranchers shot.

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2 Colorado Men Charged With Killing at Least 34 Elk

... what a mess. Six week investigation. Wonder what they'll do with the fines ... hire more law enforcement? ... to do more investigations?, or PERHAPS ... buy some feed for the starving elk.

How much of that 6 week effort could have been used to round up food donations for the elk?

Are people starving in other parts of the world `mother nature's way'?

I thing God put us on this planet to relieve suffering - not just watch it and say it's mother nature's way.

I say - feed the elk - and issue more tags next year if there is really a surplus of elk.

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I agree its a big mess. The DOW did feed a few elk, but it was too little, too late. In some parts of Colorado they also fed the deer. In fact it seemed the DOW was more concerned about the deer than the elk. During most winters, its true that elk do ok, even if the deer are suffering. This winter was hard on both.

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2 Colorado Men Charged With Killing at Least 34 Elk

I agree it is hard to just allow them to die, but with the over abundance of the Elk, and the areas that do hold a lot of Elk is surrounded by private property. When they come down from the high country for the winter there is only ranches and private property. The animals have no where else to go but to the ranches.The property owners won't allow you to hunt on the property unless you pay a large trespass fee. DOW have their hands tied I am saying they are perfect but until more property accessible for more hunters this is what you will see.

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A good example was last year. We hunted unit 23 and 24 for deer and elk. 3rd season. They had a good snow fall that pushed a majority of the herds down. Those units on the west and south and north are sourrounded by private land. We saw elk and deer herds in the hundreds and the elk in the low thousands on theses properties, we even had to stop the vehicle (driving on a 1 1/2 lane dirt county road) to allow to herds to cross from private land to private land. In these areas the public access is almost all national forests except for may be two parcels that are 20 to 30 acres. There was also a lot of landlocked BLM land. I don't think issuing tags is the issue. But finding out how to allow access with out breaking a persons bank

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