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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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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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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 …

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Elk, Deer Frolic Together in North Carolina

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It’s not something you see every day. Owners of a restaurant in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, watched two elk and a whitetail deer playing together as they romped and frolicked in the heart of their small town. Kim Delozier, conservation program manager with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, said he’s seen similar behavior in the past including a cow elk that wandered off from the herd several years ago to spend time with another species. …

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Apply to Hunt Elk in Arkansas

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If you want an opportunity to harvest Arkansas’s largest big game animal, now is the time to put your name in the hat. The application period for Arkansas’s public land elk hunting permits is open from 8 a.m., May 1 until 11:59 p.m. June 1, 2019. Twenty-nine permits will be drawn to hunt elk in Arkansas’s Buffalo River Country live on stage at the 22nd Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival, June 29. Twenty-six of those …

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Winner, Winner…

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Have you ever won a free New Mexico elk hunt for two people? That’s what happened to a lucky RMEF member when his entry ticket was first out of the hopper in our 2018 Win A Dream Hunt Sweepstakes. As the Grand Prize winner in our random drawing, Michael B. of Colorado had his choice of a British Columbia moose hunt, $10,000.00 cash, or an elk hunt for two at New Mexico’s famed Montosa Ranch. …