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Fri September 22, 2006
Freudenthal: Park Service Not Doing Enough About Escaped Elk
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the National Park Service isn't doing its part to protect Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks from elk that escaped from an Idaho game farm.
Freudenthal said this week the Park Service, quote "does not appear committed to searching out the elk and removing them."
Al Nash is a spokesman for Yellowstone National Park. He says
rangers patrolling the backcountry haven't spotted any of the
escaped elk yet, and haven't asked for additional help.
Nash says if rangers are authorized to shoot any domesticated
elk they come across in the parks.
Authorities say about 160 elk escaped from the Chief Joseph
ranch in eastern Idaho sometime in August, although details didn't
emerge until this month. Idaho Governor Jim Risch authorized an emergency hunt of the domesticated elk, saying the escaped domestic elk could spread disease and dilute the genetic purity of wild elk.