Plans to shoot golf course elk appear to be on hold

SNOQUALMIE — Elk blamed for tearing up fairways and greens at a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Snoqualmie appear to have gotten at least a temporary reprieve.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Game Division Manager Dave Ware said earlier this week that two or three of the animals could be killed as soon as Monday, when the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course is closed.

However, KING-TV reports that with complaints about the planned shooting pouring in, the golf course and the wildlife agency are pausing.

Wildlife Sgt. Kim Chandler tells KING “we’re pretty much on hold.” Chandler says he thinks golf course officials are deciding how they want to proceed.

An Associated Press call to the golf course after business hours was not immediately returned Thursday.

Golf club general manager Ryan Whitney said earlier that the course has been trying to drive away the elk for two years but nothing worked.

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