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Starving Wash. elk prompts agency criticism

Updated: May 15, 2006, 4:26 PM ET
By Curt Woodward | Associated Press — May 15, 2006

MOUNT ST. HELENS WILDLIFE AREA, Wash. — More than 25 years after its eruption turned this river valley into moonscape, elk living in the shadow of Mount St. Helens are starving to death at a rate that has alarmed many observers.

This winter's elk die-off was the highest recorded by state wildlife managers in seven years, and some critics say the survivors are so undernourished and the forage so poor that another major winter kill could be on the way.

State officials have responded ...

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