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ENTERPRISE, Ore. — Wallowa County’s elk herds have long attracted hunters, bringing economic stimulus to the region each fall, but the treasured big game species also compete for forage with cattle, the county’s main agricultural commodity.

In addition to the damage they do to crops, rodents and other pests are blatant opportunists that wreak havoc on irrigation lines, machinery wiring and vehicle upholstery. “Mice love to chew up drip tubing and tape and get into all kinds of places and chew up wiring,” Jill Kenagy of Ernst Irrigation in St. Paul, Ore., said. “We’ve had skunks, squirrels and other critters hole up in aluminum pipes. We had a guy with a hornet’s nest in his hardnose reel and when he lit it up the nest came blowing out the other end of his big gun and bent the heck out of it — and then he got stung.”

Quinoa is a popular gluten-free, nutrient dense grain grown for centuries in South America.

Jeremiah Clark and his wife, Amanda. He is president of American Mills and pioneering the production and processing of quinoa in eastern Idaho.

Rodent-caused damage to a strawberry field.

Rodents damaged this drip tape installation.

Large numbers of elk are causing damage on private property in portions of Wallowa County in the northeastern corner of Oregon.