SEQUIM – Now that the managers of the Dungeness elk herd have changed their plans for the animals – an elk fence is now the preferred alternative rather than an elk swap with the Southern Olympic Peninsula – new questions have arisen.
Should the fence be built close to U.S. Highway 101, making this a drive-by herd motorists can see from the road, perhaps with the city of Sequim establishing a viewing area near the Happy Valley Road-101 intersection?
Or should the fence be built farther south of the highway, to keep the elk off Happy Valley farms and gardens and away from traffic traveling 55 miles per hour?
Dungeness elk planning changed with the seasons and got focus in the New Year.
The Dungeness Elk Working Team reviewed public comment and testimony at its Feb. 7 meeting to solidify a new preferred alternative to fence the local herd south of the U.S. Highway 101 bypass.