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Food plots lure Blue Mountains elk from farm fields

Elk attracted to lure crops in the Blue Mountains. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)
Elk attracted to lure crops in the Blue Mountains. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

WILDLIFE — As mentioned in today's outdoors column about elk management in the Blue Mountains, Washington wildlife managers report good results from a program that signs contracts with farmers and ranchers to improve elk habitat and reduce big-game depredation issues on their lands.

One of the tactics is to plant “lure crops” to attract elk to higher elevation plots so they won't be so tempted to come down and ravage expensive crops such as garbanzo beans.

Remote camera photos such as the one above show elk using these food plots.  Here's the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlfie field report that went with this and other photos:

Elk Lure Crops: Conflict Specialist Rasley met with two farmers on Wilson Hollow in Walla Walla County “regarding no elk damage.” Both farmers said, “This is the first time in over 20 years we have not had 60 plus head of elk in our garbs.” They asked what the reasoning was and Rasley showed them both where all 68 head of elk are living now; in our newly planted lure crops some five miles up the road.




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