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Watch: Grizzlies Swim in Deep Waters of Remote Montana Lake

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Lake Frances in northwest Montana is known for its walleye and northern pike fishing, not so much for grizzly bears. But that is exactly what boaters recently saw out on the water. Chelsea Alfson recently captured video of two grizzlies about 300 yards from the shoreline. “We checked the depth on our fish finder out there and the water was 27 feet deep where they were,” Alfson told KBZK-TV. “They didn’t want anything to do …

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Video: Bear Traps Itself in Car, Destroys Interior

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Talk about a costly and painful lesson. Someone recently left their car unlocked near Estes Park, Colorado. Then a black bear came along, got the door open, crawled inside but then closed the door so it couldn’t get out. The car’s owner found the bear inside the next morning and let it out. The video pretty much tells the rest of the story as the car’s interior is absolutely thrashed. In response to the incident, …

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Supreme Court Rules on Elk Hunting Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a then-Montana tribal game warden that shot and killed a bull elk in Wyoming despite having only a Montana hunting license. Clayvin Herrera, a member of the Crow Tribe, claimed he had rights tied to an 1868 treaty that allowed him to follow the animal across state lines and take it in the Bighorn National Forest in 2014. Wyoming authorities cited him for the kill. The Rocky …

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Smoky Mountain Elk Fest Coming to North Carolina

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Live in the Southeast? Want to celebrate the successful return and growth of elk to their native stomping grounds? The place to be is Maggie Valley. Nearly 20 years after the successful reintroduction of elk into North Carolina, assisted in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Maggie Valley will host the first annual Smoky Mountain Elk Festival September 13-15, 2019. The event will take place at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds (3374 Soco Rd, …

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RMEF Testifies on Capitol Hill

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently (5/15/2019) accepted an invitation to testify before lawmakers in Washington DC about the impacts of climate change on western forests and what that means for elk. “On many western forests, a mixed-conifer habitat with openings for forage and adjacent cover has the optimum biological diversity to support elk and other wildlife species,” said Mark Lambrecht, RMEF director of government affairs. “Instead, long-term fire suppression, lack of active forest management …

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Keep Your Distance from Elk, Elk Calves

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Unfortunately, it’s an all too common occurrence. Tourists who are unfamiliar with wild animals get too close, endangering both themselves and the animals. And in the spring, cow elk and their newborn calves are definitely a part of that equation. Yellowstone National Park recently issued a new release with some very direct suggestions.                (Photo & graphic source: National Park Service)

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Idaho Winter Fawn Survival Below Average, Calf Survival Average

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Idaho’s late winter snow took a toll on radio-collared mule deer fawns during March and April, but it had less effect on collared elk calves. “That record snow pack that we observed in February did not do fawns any favors,” said Daryl Meints, Idaho Department of Fish and Game deer and elk coordinator. “It will not be like the winter of 2016-17, but we will be below the long-term average. On a brighter note, it …

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Idaho Hunters Gain Access to Private Timber Lands

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A new partnership between the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) and PotlatchDeltic will provide and preserve public access for hunting, fishing and trapping on 567,002 acres of private land in Benewah, Clearwater, Idaho, Latah and Shoshone counties through a lease agreement. A second agreement expected to be finalized by early June is with a group of forestland owners and managers, including Stimson Lumber Co., Hancock Forest Management and Molpus Woodlands Group, to allow …

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Elk Antlers Raise Big Buck$ for Refuge, Boy Scouts

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It is an annual event. Hundreds of people from all across America journey to Jackson, Wyoming, for the annual Boy Scout Antler Auction at the National Elk Refuge. When all was said and done, the 2019 auction included more than 10,000 pounds of antlers that brought in more than $186,000 for the refuge and the scouting program. According to the Associated Press, those who bid paid out about $17 per pound for antlers. Seventy-five percent …

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Bighorn National Forest Elk ‘Brucellosis-Free’

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Wildlife officials who tested nearly 1,600 elk blood samples declared elk are brucellosis-free in Wyoming’s Bighorn National Forest. According to the Sheridan Press, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department analyzed more than 17,000 blood samples since the program’s inception in 1994. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. People can get the disease when they are in contact with infected animals or animal products contaminated with …

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Beetle Kill Study Wrapping up in Montana

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A study, funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which tracked more than 40 elk over three and a half years is nearing an end in the Elkhorn Mountains of southwest Montana. It’s designed to determine how elk respond to beetle-killed trees. “The reduction in canopy cover, closed canopy cover has the potential to impact security for elk and make them overall less likely to use these areas,” Kelly Proffitt, Montana Fish, Wildlife …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Countering the Argument: Hunting Disrupts the Ecosystem

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The anti-hunter arguments that using hunting hurts wildlife populations and that nature will take care of itself are both inaccurate and untrue. The North American Wildlife Conservation Model is a set of principles that guide wildlife management practices of predators and prey alike. To put it simply, the model dictates that fish and wildlife belong to all Americans and need to be managed in such a way that their populations will be sustained forever. Thanks …

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Lewis and Clark County Steps Up Big-Time to Fund RMEF Land Project

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The Lewis and Clark County Commission pledged $1.4 million toward the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Falls Creek land protection/public access project. The 442-acre property is located along the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta, Montana. “In my mind and heart, this is why people voted for this in the first place,” Susan Good Geise, Lewis and Clark County commissioner, told KTVH-TV. “It ticks off every box. It is an absolutely glorious project.” Once completed, not only …

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WSU Breaks Ground on Elk Hoof Disease Research Facility

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Construction is underway on the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s elk hoof disease research facility. Demolition of an existing structure on the Pullman campus will make way for the construction of the facility, estimated to cost $1.2 million when complete and to take up to a year to construct. The state-of-the-art facility will house captive elk needed to study the disease in a secure, controlled environment. The proposed four-acre elk research facility includes …