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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 …

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Colorado Commission Unanimously Denies Bobcat Hunting/Trapping Petition

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously denied a petition by animal rights groups that would ban the hunting and trapping of bobcats. “It’s well regulated, every single bobcat taken off of the landscape has to be personally inspected and sealed by one of our officers in the field,” Lauren Truitt, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson, told KKCO-TV. Wildlife agencies use hunting and trapping as key tools in wildlife management. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation …

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Prescribed Burn Improves Forest Health, Wildlife Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for a prescribed burn (May 13, 2019) in the Marshall Creek drainage near Missoula, Montana. Objectives for the project include the use of prescribed burning to reduce activity fuel and natural fuels accumulations, facilitate seedling establishment and ensure long-term stand productivity, maintain and improve big game range conditions and distribute beneficial fire effects within the wildland-urban interface. Partnership support for the project also includes the Confederated Salish & …

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Wildlife Overpasses, Underpasses Saving Lives in Colorado

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The structures are now in place so now researchers are determining the effectiveness of wildlife overpasses and underpasses along busy State Highway 9 in northcentral Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other partners provided funding for that research. Crews constructed two overpasses, five underpasses, more than 20 miles of wildlife fencing as well as more than 60 escape ramps in case elk, deer, moose, bears or other wildlife get trapped on the highway. The …

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Wolves Kill Three Dozen Sheep in Wisconsin

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Three years after wolves killed 17 bighorn sheep, the pack returned again to a ranch in northern Wisconsin and killed 36 more sheep—31 lambs and five adult females. It happened about 120 miles northeast of Eau Claire. “Evidently we were sleeping too sound and didn’t hear the dogs,” Paul Canik, landowner, told APG Wisconsin. “They usually bark loud enough to alert us whenever the wolves are around.” Canik keeps his Spanish Mastiff guard dogs penned …

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Learn to Hunt Big Game in Oregon

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Do you live in Oregon? Do you want to learn how to hunt big game? Then the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) stands ready to help. This first class in ODFW’s new Learn to Hunt Big Game series will address the different licenses and tags you need to hunt, and when to apply. You’ll also learn about concepts of fair chase and ethics, the types of weapons and other equipment you’ll need for …

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RMEF, Partners Fund Camera Traps to Monitor Elk, Other Wildlife

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for a study that uses camera traps to allow researchers to better monitor elk, whitetail and mule deer, and moose in Idaho and northwest Montana. According to the Wildlife Management Institute, the goal is to monitor population composition and survival as a benefit to wildlife managers. The trail cameras are a less expensive alternative to aerial surveys where dense forests can make it difficult for biologists to see …

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Prescribed Burn to Benefit Arizona Wildlife Habitat

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The Black Mesa District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Arizona Game and Fish Department to conduct prescribed burn treatments from May 12, 2019 through June 15, as weather conditions allow. Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. This prescribed fire is a follow up to previous mechanical treatments within parts of the units and within the old burn scar from Rodeo/Chediski …

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Ten Reasons to Apply for Idaho’s Controlled Big Game Hunt

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Idaho’s controlled hunt application period for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear hunts runs May 1 to June 5, 2019. For new hunters, or people who recently moved to Idaho, controlled hunts may seem complicated, but there are good reasons to apply for them. While fall hunts may seem far away, the 2019-20 Big Game rules booklets are now available online and in print, and now is a good time to check out what’s available …

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Elk Tags on Sale in Michigan

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Hunters in Michigan have an opportunity to acquire not just one elk tag but two. Previous Pure Michigan Hunt recipient Jerry Peak of Crystal did exactly that! He managed to grab two elk tags that were used to harvest two beautiful, 6-by-6 bull elk. Peak applied for his elk tag as usual, but he also applied for – and was one of the people drawn for – the Pure Michigan Hunt. Michigan’s ultimate hunt, the …

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Wyoming Decides against Grizzly Hunt

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The people of Wyoming are getting frustrated but despite that, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted to not ignore federal restrictions and hold a grizzly bear hunt. We would throw our citizens into an untenable situation, which I don’t feel comfortable doing as a commissioner,” Pat Crank, commissioner from Cheyenne, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Wyoming already appealed a decision by a federal judge that vacated a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife …

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More Women Taking Up Recreational Shooting, Hunting

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There’s a different, most welcome look at many shooting ranges around the nation. More and more women are picking up recreational shooting. They are also embracing hunting. According to a report on CBS This Morning, the number of women who target shoot shot up nearly 70 percent to more than 6.4 million participants over the last decade. Over that same time, the number of females who hunt increased 43 percent to 3.3 million. Conley Crimmins …

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Elk Spring Migration Well Underway

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This post comes from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Facebook page. The big game migrations in Wyoming are quite a spectacle. The Jackson Elk Herd, at approximately 11,000 animals, is one of the largest in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the largest in the state of Wyoming. The clip above shows animals of the Jackson Elk Herd transitioning off of their winter range. The bulk of these animals spent the winter on the National …

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Watch: Grizzly Population Continues to Grow and Grow

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A new animated graphic created by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department shows the growth of the Yellowstone area grizzly population. First noted within the grizzly bear recovery zone in 1999, the population eventually surges behind that zone as well as the demographic monitoring area. Total grizzly bear distribution now includes the Wyoming cities of Cody and Jackson and, as of 2018, is pushing city limits in Bozeman and Livingston, Montana. Ranchers and other residents …