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The Safari Club International, Puget Sound Chapter, has donated $3000.00 for our Elk Habitat and Winter Supplemental Feeding Program.

We'd like to thank the Safari Club International Members for supporting our efforts to help the Mt. St. Helens Elk Herd. We would also like to extend an invitation to all Safari Club Members in the Puget Sound Chapter to come participate in our supplemental feeding program and wild life enhancement efforts. Please contact, Mark Smith, President of Mt. St. Helens Preservation Society at ( ) or call 360-749-4050 for further information.




House Committee / PSHB 1885 - H COMM AMD TO PSHB 1885 (H-1993.1/09)
By: Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sponsors: Representatives  Van De Wege, Blake, Takko, Ormsby, and Liias

An Act Relating to the feeding of wildlife; amending RCW 77.15.160; adding a new section to chapter 77.15 RCW; creating a new section; and prescribing penalties.
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In short, the bill will make it illegal to feed wild animals of any kind.  You can read more about this proposed legislation here.

(The Columbian ) In our view Feb. 17:
Allow Feeding Of Elk

Allowing Mount St. Helens elk to die of starvation seems unthinkable, yet a bill making its way through the state Legislature would make it a crime to feed them.
        House Bill 1885 is considered a form of management, to keep the herd size down so it can survive on available forage in the Toutle River Valley. Increasing elk hunting tags is another herd education "tool." Mark Smith, owner of Eco Park Resort near Mount St. Helens, has fed the herd of up to 80 animals 30 to 40 tons of hay during winter months.
        Smith told The Olympian newspaper that feeding is not the solution for an overpopulation of elk in the area. "But I'm not in favor of using starvation as a management tool," he added. Smith, his family and other volunteers have fed the elk the past three winters.
        Passage of the misguided HB 1885 would stop this aid. The bill "Makes it unlawful to intentionally feed … wildlife" identified as bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk, turkeys, raccoons, opossums and skunks.
        Smith and his helpers merit high praise for feeding the elk. Smith notes man-made changes destroyed habitat along the north fork of the Toutle River Valley. He said hungry elk are also easy targets for poachers along a highway that runs through their range.
        Allowing elk to starve is irresponsible management. Smith wants to see an elk research center and a winter feeding program along state Highway 504 for the next 5-10 years, until herd and habitat is brought into balance.
        It makes sense, and ought to receive immediate attention from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Starvation is cruel and inhuman. Majestic Mount St. Helens elk deserve better treatment.

Feeding the Herd--A Cookbook to help raise money to feed the elk

Help us raise money by purchasing our "Feeding the Herd" cookbook

Mt. St. Helens Preservation Society, is proud to offer a treasured collection of recipes from many outstanding cooks whose recipe contributions have made this book possible.

This attractive cookbook makes an ideal gift or keepsake.

Mt. St. Helens Preservation Society is a non-profit organization and all profits from the cook book will go to wildlife conservation, including creating wildlife habit and feeding elk in winter months. Read more info here.

Price:  $18.95, plus $4.50 shipping