Idaho sportsmen's group calls for audit, photos of elk farm

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OCTOBER 13, 2001, 06:00 PM.

Sportsmen call for audit, photographs on elk farming

Associated Press

A sportsman's group is calling for a legislative audit of the Idaho Department of Agriculture's big-game farm regulations after a Salmon-area rancher was ordered to destroy 37 elk he obtained from a Colorado operation with chronic wasting disease.

The Idaho Wildlife Federation also filed a Freedom of Information Act request to secure photographs from the Fish and Game Department the federation believes shows nose-to-nose proximity of wild elk and their fenced-in counterparts at Ron Stigall's Cross Canyon Elk Ranch.

All 37 elk Stigall bought to start his herd near Salmon were ordered destroyed because they came from a Colorado operation where an elk was found to be infected.

The federation wants the state to immediately ensure his animals have no contact with wild elk or deer. It asked the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for a performance audit of the state's domestic deer and elk program.

There are no documented cases of the disease infecting humans, but it is closely related to mad cow disease, which has killed about 100 Europeans.  
 
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