The exchange was considered rather unusual. Haren is not known for speaking out on animal activism issues. Haren and LaRoche are former teammates from the Washington Nationals.
Elk populations are not even close to what they once were in North America, due to overhunting and habitat loss. They are now found almost exclusively in Rocky Mountain states and Canada. While the Division of Wildlife Resources considers hunting in moderation to be a method for managing the population, elk continue to face habitat challenges as they are confronted with urban and agricultural development.