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Elk Enjoying First Fall Back in West Virginia

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West Virginians received a Christmas birthday in 2016 when 24 elk were reintroduced onto the landscape just before Christmas. Nine months later, the herd is enjoying its first fall season back on its historic range. “This is the time of the year where the bulls have regrown their antlers, and they’ve rubbed off the velvet now—a little earlier than what most whitetail deer do. We’re into their breeding season—September and October—and this is when the …

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Zekes Meadow

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RMEF worked with willing landowners to conserve some 800 acres they own in two private inholdings and conveyed these lands to the U.S. Forest Service. The skyline is pure elk country southwest of Phillipsburg, Montana in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Zekes Meadows provides year-round habitat for elk as well as deer, moose, wolverines, Canada lynx, fishers and scores of other species. The properties also provides spawning habitat for westslope cutthroat trout, and is designated Critical …

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RMEF Erases Long-Term Debt, Pays Off Headquarters

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is free of any and all long-term debt after making the final payment on its headquarters facility. “For the first time ever, RMEF has no remaining long-term debt on our books,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and milestone!” RMEF began operations in May of 1984 in a doublewide trailer just outside of Troy, Montana. The organization soon grew to cover three buildings …

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Wyoming Women Step Up to Help Elk, Elk Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation knows how to look out for elk and elk country. It also knows how to host a good party. Put the two together and you’ve got the latest in a series of what we call Women for Wildlife events. And in Wyoming, the ladies in the Cowboy State know how to have a good time for a great cause. The Big Horn Basin and Sweetwater Chapters recently whooped it up …

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766 Acres of Elk Habitat Now Open to the Public in Pennsylvania!

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MISSOULA, Mont.—An additional 766 acres of Pennsylvania elk habitat is now permanently protected and opened to public access thanks to efforts by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and a generous donor. “This would not have happened without landowners who care about Pennsylvania and both understand and appreciate the crucial wildlife values of this area,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. Located in Centre County, the project extends the western unit …

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Colorado Volunteers Get ‘er Done

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There they stood—two bull moose looking over the work done by a group of soggy yet dedicated volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. They had to be impressed. The volunteers endured showers and slogged through boggy conditions to remove an estimated one ton of rusty, brittle barbed wire and old fence posts that previously covered about two miles of acreage in north-central Colorado’s Golden Gate State Canyon Park. (Park access is limited but some …

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Wall Creek, Montana

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Located in the heart of elk winter range in Montana’s Madison Valley, the Madison-Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area covers more than 7,000 acres of grassy rangeland. In late 2014, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 631 acres of land immediately adjacent to it but there was one significant issue—a 3,096-square-foot log house sat right in the middle of it. RMEF developed a plan and auctioned off the house with the winner assuming full responsibility to …

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RMEF, Partners Seeks to Conserve Key Montana Elk Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is working closely with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), a landowner and other partners to determine the feasibility of adding to a wildlife management area in Southwest Montana. If successful, the WMA would expand from 4,712 acres to 10,078 acres. Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area,Yellowstone county. “With a considerable portion of the herd migrating out of the Park during the winter, we need to ensure that they have a …