This will attempt to illuminate the acceleration of our elk invasion. I and my neighbors live in the southeast portion of Payson along Mud Springs Road.
This has been going on for six or eight years and getting worse each year. Last year was very bad. Most people who had gardens could not harvest them. The elk beat them to their hard-earned labors. One person did not even get to plant those seedlings that were bought — they were on the porch and the elk ate them right out of the pots that were on the porch.
Keeping this complaint short is difficult. I think that it is the responsibility of the Forest Service people to prevent and halt this kind of dangerous and expensive invasion by the elk. The neighbors are spending money and time trying to stop the invasion of their property, which the elk will likely destroy. Then someone will lose his good sense and try to chase the elk out with a broom or hoe and end up being killed. The Forest Service will try to deny any responsibility.
The elk group involved (about six) can usually be seen over the ridge south of East Phoenix Street at the pond that is on the Indian Reservation. To reach the pond, take the hiking trail that starts off East Gibson Ct. East Gibson is the first to the right past the Gila County Sanitary facility on East Phoenix Street. The hiking trail is posted and on the south side of East Gibson. When you get to the top and start down the south side, you’ll come to an intersection; there go to the right.
The Forest Service could easily tranquilize the elk after they left the Indian Reservation and entered Payson areas. There are about six elk and after being caught they could be moved to some spot about 100 miles from people and learn to live as wild animals. That is nature.