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Update: Wolf Spotted in Colorado

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UPDATE (7/10/2019): The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed the animal spotted in northern Colorado is a wolf. It is a male gray wolf from the Snake River Pack in Wyoming. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is working to confirm the sighting of a collared wolf in Jackson County, located in the northernmost part of the state. CPW tweeted this on 7/8/2019: You may have seen our wolf sighting tweet earlier this evening. We accidentally …

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35 Years and Counting

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Thirty-five years after its founding on May 14, 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is celebrating decades of conservation success. “Quite simply, the growth and accomplishments of this organization are staggering,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It began with four elk hunters in northwest Montana who struggled as they opened shop in a doublewide trailer, but did so with determination and a vision to ensure the future of elk and elk …

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Wisconsin Wraps Up Elk Reintroduction Project

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Below is a news release distributed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  After the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) successful winter capture effort in Kentucky, more than 60 elk await release from their acclimation and quarantine pen into their new home in northern Wisconsin.  The release of these elk later this summer will conclude the fourth and final year of Wisconsin’s elk translocation efforts. This is also the second year that elk have been released into the …

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Volunteers Improve Michigan Elk Habitat

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A fruitier diet is on the way for elk in Michigan. They just need a little patience before they get it.  Eighteen volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently gathered at the Atlanta elk viewing site on the edge of the Pigeon River Country State Forest in Michigan’s elk country. They hailed from six different RMEF chapters and joined forces with several team members from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as well as one AmeriCorps …

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Volunteer Army Installs New Wildlife Guzzler

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It’s becoming old hat. Volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined their counterparts from the U.S. Forest Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to construct a new wildlife guzzler that will provide life-sustaining water for elk and other wildlife in central Utah.   “We have installed 20 guzzlers over the past eight years,” Kreig Rasmussen, U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist, told the Richfield Reaper. “It has only been through partnerships with conservation groups, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, …

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Statewide Hunting Opportunities for Oregon Youth

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If you’re between the ages of 9 and 15 and would like to take up elk, deer, upland bird or waterfowl hunting in Oregon, there are several programs to help you do so.  Mentored Youth Hunter Program allows youth 9 through 15 years of age to hunt without first passing an approved hunter education program. It gives unlicensed youngsters the opportunity to receive mentored, one-on-one field experience and training on the ethics, safety, responsibility and enjoyment of hunting …

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Research to Assist Idaho Elk, Land Managers

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A multi-year research project funded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and other members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative aims to give wildlife managers a better idea how elk use habitat and what can be done to improve the landscape.  “The end goal is to have a really highly usable habitat model that land management agencies, mostly the Forest Service, can utilize to help focus and guide habitat activities, where we …

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North Carolina Elk Migrate to Tennessee

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Two bull elk are turning heads in the Great Smoky Mountains. They’re also blazing quite a trail after leaving the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and showing up near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  “This was the first time we’ve had elk on the park headquarters lawn,” Dana Soehn, GSMNP spokesperson, told WBIR-TV. “They were enjoying the freshly cut grass on Wednesday, and now they have split up.”  Biologists expect the bulls to rejoin the …

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Nonhunter Details Her Transition to Hunter

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Hunters take on all sizes, shapes, backgrounds and upbringings. Many hunters do not grow up as hunters. Below are the words of Jennifer Wapenski, a woman who lives in Seattle and whose love of nature combined with her curiosity eventually introduced her to hunting.   Go here to read the rest of Jennifer Wapenski’s story.  (Photo source: Idaho Department of Fish and Game) 

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Video Shows How Hunting (and Fishing) is Conservation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has long maintained that Hunting Is Conservation. A new video distributed by the Michigan Wildlife Council helps demonstrate that fact. It shows that funding generated by hunting and fishing licenses pays for the bulk of wildlife conservation work in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Wildlife Council consists of nine members located in all parts of Michigan and represents a wide range of residents, but they share a common vision …

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Idaho ‘Capped’ Elk Tags Go on Sale

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Idaho resident hunters wanting to purchase a general season elk tag in a “capped” zone need to pay attention to two July 2019 dates when tags go on sale. Capped zone tags for residents are sold in limited numbers on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. (MDT) July 10 except the Sawtooth Zone.  Resident Sawtooth Zone A and B elk tags go on sale July 12, with half of the tags to be sold at …

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Hunters Asked to Help Prevent Wildfires

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As summer temperatures continue to heat up, so does the possibility of human-caused wildfires. Recreational shooters, hunters, campers and others are urged to exercise caution when recreating in the backcountry. “The nation’s 59 state and territorial foresters are collectively responsible for wildfire protection on nearly two-thirds of America’s forested acres. It’s a big job, and we can use all the help we can get preventing wildfires from starting in the first place,” said Jay Farrell, …

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Greenup Helps Drive Elk Migrations

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A scientific study monitoring the migratory movements of elk in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks indicates the animals follow their stomachs in search of the best forage.  “The decisions that these animals make about when to migrate are absolutely dependent on changes in the landscape, changes that are ultimately governed by the climate,” Arthur Middleton, assistant professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley and study lead, told the Post Register. “And in the future, with climate …

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Poll: Wyoming Residents Support Wildlife and Migration Corridors

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Findings from a new poll conducted by the University of Wyoming show respondents support a range of policy actions related to the conservation of big-game migration corridors. “These results show that Wyoming voters support a range of policies to maintain big-game migration corridors,” says Drew Bennett, Whitney MacMillan University of Wyoming professor in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. “Voters overwhelmingly support actions such as constructing new overpasses to allow animals to cross …