Some farmers and land owners in south county are upset over the issuance of kill permits - a tool used by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to address property damage caused by herds of elk.
Basically, land owners can get a permit from ODFW that allows them to kill a certain number of elk within a certain time period.
Herman Biederbeck, the District Wildlife Biologist with ODFW said they have statutory obligation to address property wildlife damage and these permits can be a useful tool - especially in the lower Nestucca River area where elk have realized they really like the taste of corn.
Those who have these kill permits are only supposed to kill cows and aren't allowed to keep the meat. The meat is donated to the Oregon Food Bank.
But some south county residents are concerned about illegal poaching - especially when one farmer was recently cited for killing two branch bulls - and the safety aspect of hunters killing elk at night. There were reports of 30 shots fired in an area with other houses.
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