Hungry elk have landowners critical of N.M. management

People love to argue about “depredations” by predators. What what “depredations” by plant eaters?

Hungry elk have landowners critical of N.M. management. New Mexico weighs how to limit damage or offer compensation. By Susan Montoya Bryan. The Associated Press in the Denver Post





  1. Barb Rupers Avatar
    Barb Rupers

    New Mexico seems to have an excess of elk in the north, too few wolves in the west, too many ranchers all over the state that dominate the wildlife policies of USFS and BLM. Ranchers want compensation for predators, weather, and any other natural disaster.
    I have spent $1000s trying to protect, with fences, a 20 acre hazelnut orchard in western Oregon from beaver, deer, and rabbits.
    There is nothing I can do about the over harvest of trees by corporate logging interests in the headwaters which causes rampant flooding during the winter rainy season. The stream responds like a yoyo – what used to be a normal rain event causes the creek to rise dramatically, break fences, clog fields with debris and silt deposits, fill in threatened western pond turtle habitat, and open new territory to beaver who thrive on recently planted western ponderosa pine trees. The only pine I have lost to ungulates are a couple each fall to bucks shedding velvet

    I’ll trade this for a few elk any time.

  2. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    A few wolves might help this problem out…

  3. mikepost Avatar

    There is no doubt that a resident herd of elk can cause extensive on-going fence damage that can cost thousands of dollars each year to repair. I have seen fence in SD where the top strand is a 3/8″ diameter woven aluminum cable that seems to hold up well and actually trains the elk to leap over rather than run thru. For areas where damage is on-going, the added cost might well amortize quickly.


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