State game managers have a message for people tempted to lure members of northern Wisconsin's fledgling elk herd to their property this winter: Don't feed them.
According to the DNR, people who use feeding stations are killing the elk with kindness.
Wildlife managers say elk cross highways to get to the food, putting them in danger from vehicles and poachers.
They are also at risk of falling through thin ice and drowning in areas with lake and river frontage.
Elk were first released in the Clam Lake area ten years ago and now are known to populate Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Sawyer counties.
Workers with the elk reintroduction project have investigated 61 elk deaths. Twenty-six of them happened in the last 18 months. Twelve were from vehicle collisions and four elk drowned.