Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wildlife collisions need a solution

This morning the huge bull elk that resided in the Deer Creek area was hit and killed by a bus. As I slowly pass by, I see he is still breathing while his bones are crushed and he is bleeding profusely. I wish I had taken a photo so I could share the pain and misery this helpless animal was enduring. The bus driver was physically OK, but emotionally I'm sure he was an absolute wreck.

What will it take for our local, county and state leaders to come up with a solution for this travesty in the Deer Creek area? The death of a human mother, father or a child perhaps? We all know that as far as the elk family is concerned, it doesn't seem to matter.

We as a community should be outraged that these killings persist. Blaine County reeks with resources—isn't it about time we put them to good use and find a viable solution? I am personally willing to spend time and money on a solution. I can think of several things we can try that seem fairly easy and inexpensive, such as lining that area with landscape lighting pointed right up at the trees to brighten the area, or cover the poles with reflectors or, God forbid, slow the traffic to 25 mph through there—something to stop the needless deaths of the many elk (and someday a human) that migrate through that area.

Please, Blaine County, let's do something to prevent this from continuing!

Kathy Nice


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