Box Elder officials had to be out of their minds to allow a domestic elk farm in our residential area (Aug. 26 news article, "White Peaks Ranch offers hunting and harvests antlers"). The elk have been extremely noisy for the past two weeks and it is getting considerably worse as time goes on. I guess money talks and BS walks. Too bad they all don't live where I do and have to listen to these screaming animals 24/7 during their rut season. I bet they would not like to listen to the elk scream all night if they had to get up at 5 a.m. every morning to go to work.
I think those officials should bring their tents down here and camp out for a week, any time from now to mid-November would serve them well. Shame on them for allowing this with all their permits and zoning practices. A domestic elk farm should not be located near residential homes and anyone who thinks this is a brilliant idea is off their rocker.
It is terrible and for those who think this elk farm is a "nice thing." I am here to tell you it is only nice for the owner who butchers these elk for sale, due to the money he makes from antler sales and the $2,000-$10,000 he charges for the elite to hunt on his property.
Elk are beautiful animals in the wild, where they belong, not in someone's back yard. There is approximately 30 feet of space between my back yard and the 10-foot fence line that separates many of us as neighbors from these screaming elk. There is no relief from the noise unless we literally leave our homes to get away from the noise, only to return to it. This year, I understand the owner has close to 750 elk and at least 300 are in "my backyard."
And, by the way, what happened to the original idea that a housing sub-division was going to be built where this elk farm is now? Makes one wonder about the political process of words, doesn't it.