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An Abundance of Elk Cause Feedstock Damage

A growing population of elk has spread along the Rocky Mountain foothills and in scattered populations throughout the parklands of central Alberta. The expanding elk population has resulted in increasing conflict with human activities, particularly with farmers and ranchers. Some livestock producers have described situations where elk have competed with cattle for feed, chased livestock through fences, confronted and chased humans, and killed horses.

Producers can report damage to forage crops and apply for compensation through the Alberta Environment and Parks wildlife damage program.

Produced with information from Clearwater County’s Agricultural Services and Landcare team. Reference (PDF)

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