Controversy Surrounds Tribal Elk Harvest
Posted at: 09/15/2012 4:43 PM
CLAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) - An Ojibwe tribal member has shot an elk in northwestern Wisconsin, despite objections from the state Department of Natural Resources.
An official with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission says a tribal elder from the Lac Courte Oreilles band shot the elk with a rifle Friday morning near Clam Lake.
Commission spokeswoman Sue Erickson tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the tribe submitted an application on Thursday for a ceremonial harvest permit from the DNR.
The young male elk is being prepared for a thanksgiving feast and ceremony.
The DNR had criticized the tribes' decision to harvest an elk. A DNR official says the agency is disappointed that the tribes went ahead with the harvest and calls it a "setback" for the state-tribal relationship.
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