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Wildlife Clash – Elk versus Us

This morning’s Idaho Statesman has a blog entry about the elk population. Rocky Barber who writes,’Letters From the West‘ had this to say:

“For decades the elk population has been growing and expanding. The rash of fires over the last 20 years has increased elk habitat across the region, not reduced it.

The elk that are visiting Boise are children of this rebound. They won’t find a good home here in their historic habitat because now we are here.”

I don’t think it’s “now we are here” – we’ve been here for the last 50+ years (me) and beyond, I think it is in part due to the heavy influx of people from other parts of the country who have ‘discovered’ Idaho. They come to live, visit, and tool around the state, some of whom are totally oblivious to the habitat here. Case in point: This story overnight of a fire in the foothills off Bogus Basin Road, undoubtedly human-caused. (Traveling Hwy-55, Hwy 21, and the lesser known and traveled byways, I see folks throw lit cigarette butts out car/trunk windows too often for my comfort and without thought of the dryness of nature around them.)

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