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Researcher: Washington Wolf Population Larger Than Thought

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A University of Washington researcher says there are many more wolves in the state of Washington than previously estimated. According to the Associated Press, Samuel Wasser says he used dogs to detect 95 different wolves in a portion of Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties in the northeast portion of the state in 2016-17, or roughly the same number state managers estimated for the entire state at the time. During a recent appearance before a state …

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Pennsylvania Game Commission Issues Statement on CWD

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Below is a news release from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Following a press conference on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture would like to make clear that decades of research have provided abundant evidence that prions, or misfolded proteins, are the infectious agent of CWD, and this hypothesis is accepted by state agriculture and wildlife agencies across the U.S. While alternative theories exist, they have not been thoroughly …

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California Bolsters Genetic Diversity of Wild Elk

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Wildlife managers recently took to the skies of central California in an effort to bolster the genetic diversity of the state’s wild tule elk herd. “These are big, strong animals. It’s not work for the faint of heart,” Peter Tira, California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune. “Animal safety is the No. 1 priority.” Biologists netted 60 elk from a helicopter within the fenced San Luis National Wildlife Refuge …

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Badger Caches Deer

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Measuring about 20-34 inches in length and weighing between 10-24 pounds, the badger is not one of the largest predators on the landscape but it certainly is one of the most fierce. Its diet usually includes mice, gophers and other small burrowing animals or even birds and snakes. However, a game warden in Wyoming recently came across quite a sight. He discovered a deer cache. That’s right, a badger near Lusk in the eastern part …

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A Millennial Conversion to Hunting

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Hunters come in all shapes, sizes and ages. While many grew up hunting, many from the younger generation are blazing their own trail. A couple recently profiled in the New York Times feature two millennials who felt a longing to acquire and prepare their own food. In fact, one of them is a chef. They met at a restaurant where they both worked. Neither grew up hunting but now they seek and prepare goose, duck …

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$2,000 Reward Established to Find RMNP Elk Poacher

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Rocky Mountain National Park is offering up to a $2,000 reward for information regarding elk poaching incidents that occurred in the park in September of 2018. Park rangers discovered two dead bull elk, one on Sept. 12 and another on Sept. 22. In both instances, rangers determined someone killed the animals either on the morning they were found or the night before. “Rocky Mountain National Park’s wildlife is a resource for all visitors to enjoy …

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Wyoming Biologists Monitor Wolf Movements

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In April of 2017, following some legal challenges, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department resumed management authority over wolves in Wyoming, outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. A large part of management is monitoring wolf numbers, distribution, survival and overall demographics of the population to inform management decisions. One tool the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Large Carnivore Section employs in monitoring is the capturing and radio-marking of wolves. Ideally, …

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To Feed or Not to Feed Elk?

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Biologists at the National Elk Refuge just outside Jackson, Wyoming, are determining when or if elk will  receive supplemental feeding, a practice that dates back decades. They determine whether there is a need by calculating the amount of standing forage at several on-site wintering locations. Other factors include elk movement, whether elk mingle with livestock and potential damage to private land. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the refuge’s management plan that …

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Study: Elk Avoid Beetle-Killed Forest Habitat

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A new study published by the Journal of Wildlife Management, and funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, indicates elk avoid forest habitat during the summer in areas adversely impacted by bark-beetle outbreaks. “Although it is common following forest disturbances for elk to seek out and capitalize on the resulting increases in highly palatable and nutritious forage, during the summer months, elk in our study area fairly consistently avoided beetle-kill. This result is …

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Sage Grouse Eat Dirt?

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Why do sage grouse eat dirt? Inquiring minds want to know. Several biologists from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department joined personnel from the Pinedale Bureau of Land Management office, the Teton Raptor Center and Utah State Master’s Student, Scott Fox, to capture sage grouse and fit them with GPS transmitters recently. The research is being conducted to learn more about what drives a relatively recent discovery of sage grouse congregating to eat dirt, a …

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Hunters Help Boost Wyoming’s Economy by More than $1 Billion

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Hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers in Wyoming contributed more than $1 billion to Wyoming’s economy during 2017, according to a new analysis by the University of Wyoming. It’s a 2.3 percent increase from 2016 due to more people heading outdoors. “Wyoming has some of the best wildlife watching in the country, and the hunting and fishing opportunities here are sought after because of the high-quality wildlife, access and the outdoor experience with friends and family,” …

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Jogger Strangles Mountain Lion to Death after It Attacks Him

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A man jogging near Fort Collins, Colorado, was attacked by a mountain lion but he fought back in a big way. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), he hit the animal with a rock and then choked it to death. “The runner did everything he could to save his life. In the event of a lion attack you need to do anything in your power to fight back just as this gentleman did,” said …

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RMEF Funding Assists Montana Brucellosis Surveillance Project

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As part of its multi-year Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) conducted elk capture operations in both the northern portion of the Tendoy Mountains southwest of Dillon and in the southern portion of the Bangtail Mountains northwest of Livingston. This project is a joint effort between the Montana Department of Livestock and FWP, with support from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “Important on-the-ground work of this nature couldn’t happen without …

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Train Collision Kills 31 Elk

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A train traveling between Montpelier and Soda Springs, Idaho, struck an elk herd in the early morning hours of January 25. Conservation officers from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) arrived at the scene and dispatched injured animals as well as coordinated the removal of the carcasses from the railroad tracks. A total of 31 elk were killed of which ten were salvageable and distributed to members of the community. A resident volunteered …

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Leupold to Raise Funds for RMEF Public Access Projects

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Leupold & Stevens, Inc. announced it will partner with MTN OPS to raise funds for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s land-access projects and other conservation efforts at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, held at the Portland Expo Center on Feb. 6-10, 2019. During the show, the Leupold booth will offer guests the chance to “Hang Out for Conservation.” Consumers will have the chance to compete and win prizes in a “hang bar” challenge – assorted …