When I first saw the article about the possible return of elk in Almost Maryland, I was ecstatic. I thought this would be a boost to tourism and the hunting community, and the farm lands of Mount Savage would be the perfect place.
The more I thought about it, however, I realize it’s a bad idea, for two reasons.
1) Any cattle farmer around has a story of deer clipping the electric fence with their hooves, and cattle being out of the pasture overnight. To prevent this with elk, farmers will have to install two or three wire high-tensile fencing. The average cost for two wire high-tensile fencing is approximately $2 a foot. A square mile requires 1,800 feet of fencing. Multiply that by two equals 3,600 feet.
How many acres is the average cattle farm in Allegany County? How about Garrett County? The great thing is, there are taxpayer funded subsidies to help pay for this fencing at approximately $1 a foot. Return elk to Almost Maryland and the amount of requests for subsidizing high-tensile fencing will definitely increase. Assuming most of your readers are against wasteful government spending, they will have second thoughts about supporting the return of elk.
2) The health of our forests has been greatly diminished with the absence of predators, four-legged and two-legged type. I know I’m out of the ordinary because I’m all about hunting doe, but most of my fellow farmers understand that.
The return of elk is not going to increase the number of hunters in Maryland. Maybe on the short term, but the novelty will wear off and we’ll be back to a small number of hunters in the mountains again. I’m seeing enough damage in our woods: native plants, oak regeneration, and Japanese stilt grass spreading into the forests around Mount Savage and the Highlands Trail. We don't need another large herbivore!
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Canaan now has sporting clay range
sporting clays, five-stand
clay target field is set to
open in West Virginia at
Canaan Valley Resort
State Park during Memorial
Fishing rodeo set
Annual Fishing Rodeo for
the physically impaired
will take place June 8
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the Cumberland Outdoor
Club property on state
Route 51 just south of Oldtown.
- MARYLAND BIRDS
Broadwater wins at Redding
Team Easton’s Jesse Broadwater, an
Allegany County resident, made history recently by becoming
the first archer to shoot 139 out of 140 — dropping only
one point — and smashing the previous record of five points
down, according to an article on The Archery Wire.
‘Somebody flipped the switch’
The number of bears to die
on Maryland roadways this
year has risen to nine since
April 11, according to the
unofficial count maintained
by the Cumberland Times-
W.V. apprentice hunting license circumvents safety
This is the first of a two-part series about the
West Virginia apprentice hunting license and
hunter recruitment. See the Outdoors page of
May 26 for the second part.
They’ve started, you know. The gobbler seasons.
Well, actually, one has, that being Maryland, and two will, one in West Virginia tomorrow and then another in Pennsylvania soon after that.
What Maryland’s new firearms laws will mean to you
The following information that deals with the impacts of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 (Senate Bill 281), that will become law in October, was sent to the Times-News by State Delegate Wendell Beitzel.
Nugent alive, not jailed
Fans of Ted Nugent, who calls himself Uncle Ted as well as the Motor City Madman, are likely rejoicing.
Junior Hunter Field Day set
A Junior Hunter Field Day will take place May 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ages 8-16, at the Midland Sportsman’s Club.
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