When you’re in the farming business and wildlife severely damages your winter wheat crop, well, messing with one’s livelihood is a pretty good reason to take action. Such was the case recently in North Carolina, where a farmer killed a bull elk and two cows.
What precipitated this killing was a bad case of depredation, and the North Carolina Wildlife Commission can issue a permit for that. In this instance it apparently was a question of shoot first and ask questions later. Of course, if you’re the farmer, and a touch of rage is coursing through your body, you’re probably not thinking about going by the books and filling out a permit application.