Rising elk populations in Wet’suwet’en traditional territory is raising concerns with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en.
John Ridsdale, Chief Namoks of the Wet’suwet’en says they were told about the growing number of elk by farmers impacted by them.
Ridsdale says they’re concerned that pressure to open up elk hunting in their territory will impact other species such as moose.
Ridsdale says it’s unlikely the elk migrated into the area on their own, believes they were introduced to the area, though he can’t prove it.
He says herd sizes used to range from 12 to 15 and are now 30 to 40 or more.