/R E P E A T -- Video B-Roll via On-Demand - Elk population flourishing in Ontario not good news for all/



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    DATE:     October 9, 2008
    TIME:     2:00 pm ET
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    STORY SUMMARY:

    When most Ontarians think of elk, images of the Rocky Mountains often
come to mind. Many are unaware of the elk population explosion happening in
Central Ontario since the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) introduced an
Alberta herd in Bancroft in 2001/02. Even more are unaware of the devastation
they cause local farms.
    "If something isn't done soon to solve the Elk problem, we will all lose
our farms," says Lynn Davis, Farmer and Director of the Hastings Federation of
Agriculture. Davis is one of many Bancroft area farmers who witness the damage
caused by the growing elk herd every day. Elk visit farmers' fields at least
twice daily to devour crops, eat livestock feed, trample and make beds among
the grain fields. "A farmer has no way to protect his or her crops from Elk
invasions," says Davis.
    After numerous failed attempts by MNR to keep herds away from crops
farmers are losing thousands of dollars each year. MNR is not keeping their
promise of an elk population management strategy.

    
    SHOT LIST:

    Interview with Dave Parks area farmer who has been hardest hit.
    Interview with Lyn Davis, Director of Hastings Federation of Agriculture
    and witness to excessive elk damage.
    Interview with Geri Kamenz, President of the Ontario Federation of
    Agriculture re: lobby activities
    Footage of elk in Bancroft eating farmer' crops and grazing the fields.
    Some footage of fence damage in Dave Parks' interview.
    

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