November 29, 2011
Bubbles, their son’s 5-year-old Australian shepherd, died after being attacked by an elk in the back yard of the McNeeley family’s home in Star Valley.
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While some residents view elk walking through their yard as a natural wonder, one family says it has become a living nightmare. The McNeeleys of Star Valley report one of their dogs was gorged to death two weeks ago after a herd of elk trampled through their back yard. The culprit for the flood of elk: nearby residents feeding them. After living off Moonlight Drive for nearly 40 years, Melani McNeeley said she has never seen such an influx of elk in the area and never had a problem with them coming through her fenced back yard. While she enjoys viewing them in the forest and even hearing their calls echoing through the forest at night, she does not appreciate when they kill her pets. McNeeley worries another dog will be injured or worse, a person, if residents do not start treating the elk like wild animals instead of pets.