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Grand Canyon finding ways to force elk to move out

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By FELICIA FONSECA
Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Once a rare treat at the Grand Canyon, people now regularly see elk at the national park.

The massive animals jam roads, graze on the hotel lawns and aren't too shy to display their power, provoked or not. And they're getting too close to comfort, having broken people's bones in the most serious encounters and chasing tourists.

Hunting generally controls elk populations, but that's prohibited at the Grand Canyon.

Park officials are looking at ways to force the elk to move out of the park. They say removing non-native grass along the South Rim and capturing excess water from the treatment facility so that elk can't drink it might do the trick.

They also urge visitors and residents not to leave out food or feed wildlife by hand.

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