A herd of Roosevelt elk, which has become a symbol for the Sequim community, could be sent away forever due to ongoing conflicts with area farmers.
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council has taken a position in favor of removing the herd. Tribal officials say it may be the only way to prevent a “slow death” as suburban development continues to take over elk habitat in the area. The tribe maintains a treaty right for hunting elk in the region.
“It’s disappointing that the city government and developers aren’t interested in being sensitive or responsible to wildlife needs,” said Tribal Chairman Ron Allen. “This was not a comforting decision to make, but nobody else is stepping up to tackle this problem and we find ourselves taking the lead.”