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Old 02-13-2011, 08:25 AM   #1
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A small elk herd has taken up residence on our farm and nearby DNR land and Effigy Mounds National Monument. This is the last vast outpost in Iowa where there are no roads disecting the landscape. Thousands of acres of woodland and some open areas provide excellent habitat for these beautiful animals. Some of the cows have yearlings by their side. These are magnificent animals that once roamed our area and the last elk seen here was around 1900.

The Iowa DNR now wants to exterminate the herd as they did 3 years ago by shooting all of them with high power rifles. They claim that they may carry the deer wasting disease and spread it to the whitetail deer population. Why would they be concerned about that when Wisconsin deer can swim across the Mississippi River into Iowa and spread the disease easily? They aren't even testing the elk for the disease before they shoot them.

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Old 02-13-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
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This makes no sense, given how common whitetail deer are in most places. Do you know why the deer are being privileged over the elk?
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The ubiquitous hunter and the fees collected from them for licenses. It's a big money game, and it wins votes!!!
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Don't people like to hunt elk too?
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Elk may be a native species in Iowa, but this particular herd could be viewed as an exotic invasive incident. In that view, they need to be dealt with accordingly. If you want to re-introduce elk to the area, it should be done in a controlled manner in order to protect all other species in the environment.
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Elk may be a native species in Iowa, but this particular herd could be viewed as an exotic invasive incident. In that view, they need to be dealt with accordingly. If you want to re-introduce elk to the area, it should be done in a controlled manner in order to protect all other species in the environment.
I'm not sure I'm understanding your point. If they are a native species to an area, why should a spontaneous re-invasion of their former territory be considered dangerous to other species? Unless, that is, it conflicts with the economic interests of the state? In this case probably the desirability of obtaining hunting licenses for deer, which is big business.
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I'm not sure I'm understanding your point. If they are a native species to an area, why should a spontaneous re-invasion of their former territory be considered dangerous to other species? Unless, that is, it conflicts with the economic interests of the state? In this case probably the desirability of obtaining hunting licenses for deer, which is big business.
If they have no predators, their numbers can swell out of control, and they may destroy threatened plant communities.

Around here, that's what White-tailed Deer do. In many wooded areas, the spring ephemeral wildflowers have been seriously decimated by the deer. Hunting isn't allowed around here, they have no significant predators, and their numbers are way too high.

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If they have no predators, their numbers can swell out of control, and they may destroy threatened plant communities.

Around here, that's what White-tailed Deer do. In many wooded areas, the spring ephemeral wildflowers have been seriously decimated by the deer. Hunting isn't allowed around here, they have no significant predators, and their numbers are way too high.

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Old 02-16-2011, 11:42 PM   #9
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They should cull the deer, Here in Michigan the over-populated deer herd infects itself. As a stop-gap measure nobody can use bait piles, The Theory being that an infected deer will spread Chronic Wasting disease by close contact. Some Biologists think it's spread by contact and others think it's stress related. We have coyotes that will take out sick fawns but wolf packs are the only true predators, They will even hunt moose. Do you allow hunting on your land? Is Elk venison similar to venison? Maybe Incorporate your property as an Elk Preserve and control who hunts there. It just seems over stepping your rights to wipe out a whole herd with-out science justifying it.
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