September 28, 2023

Elk Fence In Washington State Only "Proposed"

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On January 23, 2007, one day after the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sent out a press release, I ran a story about an article I found in the Seattle Times about the state of Washington’s plans to erect a million-dollar fence to corral the elk in the Dungeness Roosevelt Elk Herd out of Sequim.

It was brought to my attention that the way I presented the story was that the fence was a “done deal”. It is not. It is only one of other proposals to deal with the elk. One proposal that has not been popular with the local citizens, is to move some of the elk to another location.

The fence to contain this elk herd is only a proposal as it is defined in the press release by the WDFW.

Dungeness elk co-managers to explore fencing

SEQUIM – After reviewing public comments that overwhelmingly opposed moving the Dungeness Roosevelt Elk Herd out of Sequim, the herd’s co-managers have agreed to pursue efforts to fence the animals away from highways and residential areas.

The decision to explore fencing options was reached during a Tuesday meeting of the Dungeness-Sequim Elk Policy Group. The group includes the herd’s co-managers, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as area landowners, including the City of Sequim, Clallam and Jefferson counties, the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

The proposed fence would be designed to keep the elk on public land and prevent them from moving into Sequim’s urban areas.

The co-managers will investigate fencing routes and present the alternatives during the elk policy group’s meeting in early March. Past cost estimates have placed fencing at more than $1 million. The tribal and state co-managers are investigating funding options, including applying for grants.

If my article of January 23, 2007 caused confusion, I apologize. It was not my intent.

Tom Remington