STONEY FORK, Ky. (AP) — Marauding elk had been trampling gardens, grazing on lawns and causing car crashes on the twisting country road that winds its way through Stoney Fork.
Folks here got fed up and, with the approval of wildlife officials, started shooting the cow-sized animals that have multiplied by the thousands throughout Kentucky’s mountain region over the past 15 years.
Now, wildlife officials are considering imposing a ceasefire.
It’s a move that residents oppose, for fear that the elk will move back into their neighborhoods.
Wildlife managers reintroduced elk in Kentucky in 1997. Since then, the herd has grown to more than 10,000.