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Oregon wildlife managers consider updates to elk management


ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – Oregon wildlife managers are considering updates to the state’s elk management strategy.

The Astorian reported Monday that any new guidance the state develops will likely be folded into strategy for North Coast cities grappling with conflicts between residents and elk.

Communities such as Warrenton and Gearhart are struggling with a growing elk population in increasingly urban areas.

Officials say state troopers normally euthanize elk, while Department of Fish and Wildlife staff members are tasked with darting and relocation.

Herman Biederbeck, a state wildlife biologist, has been directed to develop a short guidance document for state wildlife staff responding to emergency situations.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown approved a project in April for municipalities, property owners and other parties to work on elk options with Oregon Solutions, which assists community projects.

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