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Two Haywood County farmers have been given permission from the state to kill elk that are destroying their crops.
The Wildlife Resources Commission granted permits to kill one elk each. The commission says there's clear evidence of elk damage to their crops in the White Oak community, so the permit can be issued as a last resort.
Cherokee Chief, Michell Hicks, also serves on the Wildlife Commission. He says the tribe is offering to tranquilize the elk and bring them to the reservation.
Hicks says, "I think the commission has responsibility to do everything we can to first of all to enhance and protect the herd, but also to make sure private individuals are not harmed by any decision of the commission." Hicks also says the commission established a task force Wednesday, to make policy recommendations considering the interests of both the elk and the farmer.
By: Rex Hodge
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