A biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) believes an early winter snowfall blocked some elk from their usual migration routes which, subsequently, led to a higher than normal population count of the Northern Yellowstone herd. The elk normally leave Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and spend their winter near Cody, Wyoming.
Karen Loveless made those comments at a Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting.
Biologists with FWP and Yellowstone National Park counted 7,579 elk over two days earlier this year which accounts for a 42 percent increase from a year ago.
(Photo Source: Wyoming Game and Fish Department)