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Hunters May Cull Packwood Elk

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PACKWOOD, Wash. (AP) - The state Fish and Wildlife Department
has proposed a special hunting season in the Morton-Packwood area
to reduce the number of elk that have been traipsing through yards
and gardens.
The Puyallup Tribe, which has hunting rights in the area,
opposes the hunt and says the herd is already too thin.
The issue has also divided residents who like wildlife in
neighborhoods and those who are tired of having the big animals
trample yards and chew up fruit trees.
If approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission, the first
Packwood elk hunt would take place in the fall of 2009. Hunters
would still need owner's permission to shoot on private property.
Information from: The News Tribune,
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