Yukon appeal court overturns decision to toss out lawsuit over Takhini elk herd

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A lawsuit over the Takhini elk herd has been given a second chance. 

A panel of Yukon Court of Appeal judges, in a ruling Sept. 15, overturned a lower court decision striking a statement of claim filed by ranchers Wayne and Alison Grove.

The Groves, who run the El Dorado ranch in the Takhini Valley northwest of Whitehorse, sued the territorial government in 2020 over damage done to their property by wild elk, which the government introduced to the area in the 1950s. 

Their lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the government has been negligent in allowing the Takhini elk herd to grow beyond the size and range laid out in management plans, resulting

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