In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.
Nov. 19, 1912
PHOENIX - The sheepmen of Arizona are not in favor of the proposed importation of Wyoming elk. There are many reasons advanced for this disapproval. Among the reasons given is one that should be mentioned. Elk destroy much grazing land and take possession of whatever land they are placed upon. The elk have been taken into a great many parts in the north. Every place that they have gone they have left desolation behind them. Not even a goat could live.
The secretary of the National Wool Growers' Association has written to Hugh Campbell of Flagstaff, placing the matter before him very briefly. He writes from Gooding, Idaho, as follows:
Hugh Campbell, Esq.
From several sources I have learned that the state of Arizona is contemplating the importation of elk. It is now the policy of the Biological Survey to ship elk to the various national forests and withdraw from grazing enormous areas for their maintenance. These elk are the cause of a great deal of annoyance wherever they come. For instance, 15 elk sent to Oregon withdrew from grazing sufficient land to keep 2,000 sheep. ... They will prove an annoyance for all time to come.
Very truly yours,
S.C. McClure, Secy.
It is said by some that the elk would make fine game for sportsmen in future years, but the fact is that wherever they have been planted, they have destroyed so much property that they have had to do away with them.
- Arizona Daily Star
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