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December 15, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Elk at Snoqualmlie Ridge Golf Course get reprieve

Plans for hunters to shoot two or three problem elk at the Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Course were put on hold Thursday after dozens of complaints from citizens.

Golf course owners in California withdrew a request that had been made to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to let hunters kill a few of the 20 to 25 elk that had been damaging the PGA course, said Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Kim Chandler.

But after news of the hunt was made public, “the owners in California said, ‘we’re not up for this,’ ” Chandler said. “ ‘It’s not worth it.’ ”

Chandler said his agency fielded more than a 100 calls ­— about half outraged at the idea of the hunt, and half interested in being among the select few hunters.

Chandler said course owners already had tried other measures to drive away the elk — firecrackers, hazing with flares — and other elk had been shot at a nearby golf course on Mount Si in recent years.

“This is nothing new,” Chandler said. “But a lot of people were upset.”

He said a hunt may take place some time in the future, but for now the idea has been tabled.

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