Sharpshooting debated as method to reduce Idaho elk numbers

The growth of the elk population in parts of neighboring Idaho has caused state wildlife officials to step up efforts to reduce the number of animals damaging private property with various methods, including nighttime sharpshooters.

Idaho Fish and Game said wildlife officers killed 206 elk last year in an effort to prevent the animals from eating thousands of dollars worth of crops. Some hunters say the Fish and Game department should have used sportsmen to shoot the elk instead of allowing sharpshooting staff members to kill the elk grazing at night.

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