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Idaho Can Keep Data from Illegally Tracked Animals, For Now

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A federal judge ruled that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) does not have to immediately destroy information gathered from collars placed on elk and wolves by a crew that illegally landed in a wilderness area. He made that ruling to allow IDFG to appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but he also rejected IDFG’s request to lift a ban on using any of the data. “We’re proceeding with the appeal …

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National Elk Refuge May Drop Elk Feeding Program This Year

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Wyoming is seeing a mild winter like it’s not seen in years. And because of that, officials at the National Elk Refuge may not implement its annual elk feeding program for the first time in almost four decades. “This is a very unusual winter, and outside the realm of my experience in 20 years here,” Eric Cole, National Elk Refuge biologist, told the Jackson Hole News and Guide. “We have zero snow at any of …

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Private Leases on Public Land: Delaware Hunters Ticked Off

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Hunters in Delaware are upset about a proposal to lease public land in the Redden State Forest in the southern part of the state. “Our tax money buys this land,” Guy Pusey, a hunter from Greenwood, told the News Journal. “Our tax money pays the people that work there. It’s the principle of it here. It’s just wrong.” The Delaware Forest Service posted about the development on its Facebook page in late January:  “The main …

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Fencing with Wildlife in Mind

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Below is an article published by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Chances are if you own property anywhere in Wyoming, you have a big game species on or near your land. You may also have fences that those wildlife damage or maybe even get damaged by. There are a lot of options available to help reduce fencing issues – for you and for wildlife. Following are some questions and resources to help identify solutions: …

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When Golfing and Elk Research Collide

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Elk sightings are a common occurrence in Loveland, Colorado. In fact, many of them roam in and out of the city limits all year long. A popular place to find them is on the golf course where forage and space are plentiful. According to the Reporter-Herald, that’s where researchers conducting a multi-year study on Chronic Wasting Disease recently found themselves. They wanted to remove a collar used to track animal movements between Loveland and Estes …

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Teenager’s Elk Photo Goes Viral

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Zach Rockvam sure liked a photo he took of two dueling bull elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, but what he didn’t know is how much other people would like it too. After he recently posted it to his Instagram page, and Rocky Mountain National Park picked it up, it went viral. “It’s been really cool to see all these people giving me so much awesome feedback and everyone is super happy for me,” Rockvam …

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Michigan Releases 2017 Elk Hunt Results, Conducts Aerial Survey

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Thanks to just-released results from its 2017 elk hunt as well as insights gained from an aerial survey, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a clearer picture of the state’s elk population. The DNR says 200 hunters took 158 elk (60 bulls and 98 antlerless elk) during the 2017 hunt. “Our population goal for elk is between 500 and 900 animals. This has been determined as the best balance for the forests, area …

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To Fully Provide

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Below is an article by Christine Peterson. Her columns are largely written for her personal website, She Will Roam, but also appear in the Casper Star-Tribune where she serves as managing and outdoors editor. For the past decade, my freezer has been full of game meat. At first it was strange, then a novelty, then an expectation. Some years it came from animals my husband shot, sometimes from his family — an elk his dad …

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Wildlife Crossings Improve Wildlife-Human Safety

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Anyone who drives on roads or highways where wildlife is present knows doing so can be dangerous, if not deadly for critters and humans alike. The state of Colorado created more than 30 passages so deer, elk and others animals can avoid traffic. In fact, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says wildlife-related crashes are down nearly 90 percent along Colorado Highway 9 south of Kremmling. “Roads all over the state run right through these …

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Mountain Lion Tries to Break Into California Home

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A family in southern California got quite a scare when a mountain lion tried to break into its home and attack the pet dog. It happened in Westlake Village, a suburb of Los Angeles near Thousand Oaks. “It was kind of scary because he was kind of not wanting to leave and he charged into the window, what? Four times?” Sammy Kerr-Jarrett, told WABC-TV. “He charged four times at the door. It was terrifying. Absolutely …