Retiring elk tender defends feeding. By Cat Urbigkit, Casper Star-Tribune correspondent.
One of the reasons Wyoming government officials want to all but wipe out Wyoming wolves is that they chase and kill elk on these unnatural feedlots. The feedlots were created so the elk would not compete with the “sacred cattle” of Wyoming during the winter.
If we want wolves in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, if we want brucellosis free elk and bison, if we don’t want chronic wasting disease to permanently pollute the deer and elk population of the area, if we want free ranging bison in Montana, these feedlots have got to go.
Dean [the retiring elk tender’ said a new problem he has witnessed is that data and information about feedgrounds is “being manipulated to deceive the public and other (Game and Fish) employees.” He declined to elaborate, but said that more meaningful supervision of all Game and Fish employees working on elk management in the region is needed.
I suppose he might be talking about those conservation groups with enough fortitude to oppose the continued feeding.
For those new to the issue, Montana doesn’t feed. Idaho feeds just a little (and it caused Idaho to lose its brucellosis-free status which was just recently restored).
Robert Hoskins had a letter on this published in the Casper Star Tribune today (July 31). Elk feedgrounds should be closed