Hunting Elk in Rocky Mountain
Ahhh, the joys of an elk hunt. Roughing it in the out-of-doors, stalking through rain or snow or biting cold in the woods to find a good spot to await your prey, perhaps building a tree stand or ground blind where you might spend long hours waiting for a shot.
But that's not how an elk hunt might play out in Rocky Mountain National Park, where an over-population of elk has officials wondering how best to cull the herds. The problem, of course, is that the park's elk are practically tame, they're so used to human presence and a lack of predators.
"If I was to go in and hunt, it'd be like taking a step down. It wouldn't be much of a hunt," said one hunter, referring to the docile nature of the animal while in the park.
His comment, recorded by the Loveland Reporter-Herald, was made the other day at a public meeting U.S. Rep. Mark Udall held in Estes Park, Colorado, to garner thoughts on his proposed legislation that would allow elk hunting in Rocky Mountain.