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As Elk Grow More Comfortable In Town, Warrenton Residents Grow Concerned


An elk herd moving through Hammond came close to roads, causing several vehicles to slow down.

An elk herd moving through Hammond came close to roads, causing several vehicles to slow down.

Colin Murphy/The Daily Astorian

While residents sat at City Hall in early February and asked their mayor what could be done about elk roaming downtown, five young bull elk nibbled grass in front of a house several blocks away.

Warrenton isn’t Gearhart, where elk are the bane of a golf course, a protective mother elk once menaced beachgoers and people have reported being stuck in their homes or threatened in the streets.

But some locals believe the Warrenton herd is turning into a similar problem, growing in size and becoming too comfortable in town. They worry about damage to property and safety on the road.

“We’re just keeping a sharp eye and staying in contact with Gearhart to see what they’re doing,” Mayor Henry Balensifer assured people who brought the issue to his attention at two of his informal weekly coffee meetings this month.

Read the whole story at The Daily Astorian.

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