Mountain Residents Win Victory Over Marauding Elk

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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.

No more.

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 will review the initiative to determine whether to continue a special hunting season set up especially for Stoney Fork area property owners. Residents don't want the initiative to end, for fear that the elk will move back into their neighborhoods.

No elk have been struck by vehicles in the area in recent months, which local residents see as proof that shooting them has made the community safer.

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