Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Elk lawsuit was wrong

The lawsuit filed against The Community School was wrong. You truly must want the elk to do harm to the Sagewillow homeowners' landscaping. Your actions certainly are not thought out. People like you should be part of the solution as opposed to being part of the problem.

No. 1—The elk were here first. However, developers invade their habitat with little else for the elk to do.

No. 2—Feeding of a migrating herd for 30 years and then stopping is murder. This is the same type of thing that happened in Warm Springs Ranch. For 20-plus years the Warm Springs Golf Course fed the elk through the winter. It was great eating dinner, taking a sleigh ride, all in the company of these magnificent animals. Then it was sold to developers that did not want the elk there. The feeding was stopped, leaving them to forage on people's properties. The funny thing is that the Department of Fish and Game allowed this to happen, so they decided to trap and transport a good portion of the herd to Minidoka County using a good portion of taxpayers' dollars to do so.

No. 3—The Department of Fish and Game says feeding of the wildlife is illegal but they allowed it to happen. When you feed elk, deer or whatever for 20-plus years, you have provided a safe haven for these animals and, therefore, should continue to feed them.

Warm Springs Ranch made a lot of money with the elk there. Mr. Dumke made a lot of money developing their habitat. So did the developers of Warm Springs Ranch. What is wrong with the school's feeding the elk? That is research and education for the kids so they can learn and study wild animals and development in their backyard.

Kelly Heuett


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