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Elk decimating corn crop at New Mexico refuge

April 20, 2013 • State News

BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers are being forced to kill some of the elk that have migrated to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge over the last two decades.

The reason: The animals are decimating the corn crop that feeds the southern New Mexico refuge’s migratory birds.

As of Friday, 19 elk have been killed.

State game officials and refuge managers agree the herd needs to be thinned, but there’s disagreement on who should kill the elk and when it should be done.

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