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ELK HUNT INTENDED TO HELP CULTIVATE SPECIES

In response to the letter regarding the elk season in Pennsylvania, the writer should be assured that the viewing areas are in a "no hunting zone" where the elk have been habituated to humans. The elk that are found in the remaining 835-square-mile elk range are as wild as an elk should be. The only glimpse is a white rump as it vanishes into the timber. The elk that was hit by a vehicle was killed by kindness - it was being fed apples and corn. Elk normally will not approach within 400 yards of a highway.

The purpose of the hunt is not for herd reduction but for a more reproductively efficient herd by selecting out the older nonbreeding animals. If we focus on the overall scheme and not the individual animals, the future looks bright for these majestic creatures, which are expected to increase to 1,200 in three years.

I should mention that 50,770 applications from 14 countries and 48 states have raised a half-million dollars to buy and improve habitat so the elk will always have a place to live.

JOSEPH J. MECCA, D.D.S.

WNY Chapter Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation

Angola

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