HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. -

North Carolina wildlife managers have given farmers in Haywood County the go-ahead to shoot and kill elk found on their land.
    
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that while the farmers have permission, no elk have been shot. The decision came after elk destroyed a pumpkin patch worth thousands of dollars and harassed cattle at a dairy farm.
    
Tony McGaha of the state Cooperative Extension Service in Waynesville says farmers don't really want to shoot the elk. But he said that when the elk trample through crops and fields, they cause destruction.
    
The N.C. Wildlife Commission investigated the damage the animals were doing to farms before issuing the permissions to kill, but a commission official said the first permit was never used.