Elk management meetings scheduled in Newton County, Arkansas

JASPER, Ark. - The National Park Service is looking for public input to manage the number of elk in Newton County.

In the 1980s the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission released more than 100 Rocky Mountain Elk near the Buffalo National River.

The Game and Fish Commission allowed people to hunt the elk, but the number of elk in the area continues to grow significantly.

The National Park Service says those animals have damaged fields and properties.

The Park Service will have two meetings in Newton County this week to show the public their elk management plan.

Those meetings will be Tuesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Ponca, Arkansas at the Elk Education Center.

And Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Jasper, Arkansas, at the Caroll Electric Cooperative Building.