Public Meeting To Discuss Nuisance Elk In Straight Creek, Kentucky Set For Jan. 5

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will host a public meeting to discuss issues involving nuisance elk on private property along KY 221 between the Kettle Island area and Tackytown in Bell and Harlan counties. The meeting will be held at the Right Fork Elementary School in Stoney Fork at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2012.

Wildlife Division Director Karen Waldrop and other staff from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will be on hand to answer questions and listen to suggestions.

In 2006, the department was notified of issues with elk causing property damage and vehicle collisions in the Stoney Fork community near the Bell/Harlan County line. Since then, several meetings have been held with public officials, landowners and local residents to provide educational opportunities about elk nuisance strategies, to address specific concerns, and to discuss potential solutions.

Over the last 5 years, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has implemented various strategies to address these concerns, including visiting with affected landowners to offer technical guidance on damage mitigation methods, creating a late-season special hunt for antlerless elk in the area during late January, and relocating problem animals in areas where hunting is not feasible. Last year, landowners along KY 221 between the Kettle Island area and Tackytown participated in a pilot project to assess the effectiveness of various methods of reducing elk damage.