Elk keep their antlers and win people's hearts

Lisbon Falls Elk
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Wayne Storman's elk have become family pets, as well as sightseeing attractions to people driving past his farm in Lisbon Falls.

Seven years ago, Wayne Storman had an idea to raise elk and sell their antlers for medicinal purposes. The venture never took off, but he kept the herd as family pets at his Lisbon Falls home.

"It is incredibly expensive to feed and care for them, but I have great neighbors who often drive over and dump a bucket loader full of produce that can no longer be sold for one reason or another,"  he said.

"They love the clover growing just past their reach," he said while picking up a handful and feeding it to the well mannered beauties. However, hay is the staple of their diet.

Storman said people regularly drive past and turn around at the end of his road to get their dose of smiles.

" I love to watch them smile as they slow down.  Some get out and feed them.  They love that,"  he said.

"They seem to have a soothing affect on people," he said of the animals.

Because of the economic times, Storman will be forced to sell off part of the herd this winter.  It will be a difficult decision to decide who stays and who goes, he said.

He considered selling them all, but they've become such a fixture in the community he could not deprive people who have made them a part of their lives, too, he said.

Lisbon Falls Elk Farm
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Wayne Storman stands next to the dominant male in his herd of elk. The animals have become family pets and a sightseeing attraction at his Lisbon Falls farm.

Lisbon Falls Elk
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Wayne with one of the elk.

Lisbon Falls Elk Farm
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The herd, lounging about.

Lisbon Falls Elk
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Three little elk.

Lisbon Falls Elk Farm
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Wayne gives one of the elk some pets.

Lisbon Falls Elk
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Some elks are darker, others lighter.

Lisbon Falls Elk Farm
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Wayne with one of the elk.

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Audrey Alcala's picture

One thing that draws me to

One thing that draws me to them and it will really sound silly, but they make me think of Santa's reindeer. So I guess you could say it brings out the child in me! It warms the heart to stop and pat them and it just seems to bring a sense of peace to me. I'm so happy he's going to be keeping some of them. Thank you, Mr. Storman.

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