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The Pursuit of Happiness

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“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!” It is perhaps the most well-known phrase within the Declaration of Independence. So that begs the question, “What makes you happy?” Outside magazine published an article several years ago that suggested 14 different things that can bring happiness. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is partial to number 12: Elk. Elk meat is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body synthesize the happy neurotransmitter serotonin. Also …

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Kentucky Court Cracks Down on Illegal Guiding

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A man from Kentucky will pay nearly $8,000 in fines for his part in the illegal take of a cow elk. Bryan Delong of Pilgrim, Ky., pleaded guilty to guiding elk hunters without a commercial guide license, using bait and assisting a hunter with an at-large permit to hunt in a limited entry area. The court judgement in Martin County also stripped him of hunting privileges for three years and probated his 60-day jail sentence. …

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Info Sought for Elk Poachers in Idaho

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Authorities are seeking information that will lead them to those responsible for the poaching of a bull elk on a private farm near White Owl approximately 11 miles east of Rexburg in southeast Idaho. Conservation officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) believe more than one suspect was involved with shooting the elk multiple times. The area where the incident happened is popular for both snowmobiling and antler hunting. Anyone with any …

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Elk Suspected of Having Brainworm Put Down in Michigan

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A wildlife officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shot and killed an elk after it displayed unusually aggressive behavior. Sgt. Mark DePew suspected the animal had brainworm so he put it down at the scene. “The elk had that snowmobile trail on lockdown. There were snowmobiles on either side of him, and he just got in the middle of the trail and wouldn’t let anybody go by,” DePew told MLive Michigan. Wildlife …

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Poaching Investigation Gains Steam in Washington

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More than 20 officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) issued six search warrants as part of a wide-ranging poaching investigation in northwest Washington. They are seeking suspects and witnesses regarding the poaching of two bull elk and one mountain lion. “We were able to put together solid cases on people that have prior history with Fish & Wildlife violations and that have been likely engaging in these sorts of activities for …

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Over 78 Elk, Antelope and Bear Dead: Japanese Yew And How You Can Identify It

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A favored poison from the 15th century that is now a common ornamental tree in western suburban neighborhoods is killing off desperate winter-stressed wildlife in Idaho. In fact, it has taken down antelope and elk so quickly that in certain cases they have been found dead with half chewed twigs still in their mouths. It’s no wonder some have dubbed it the “tree of death.” Before the wildlife deaths in Idaho this winter, most guides …

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College Students Take to the Sky In Search of Elk

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Sometimes the best classroom is a helicopter. At least, that’s the case for some students in the Forestry program at the University of Kentucky. Tasked with keeping an eye on southeastern Kentucky’s growing elk population, a group of students took to the sky to survey both whitetail deer and elk. “There’s quite a few of them now in eastern Kentucky,” Dr. Cox told WKYT-TV. “We think maybe 10,000 elk or more that are there. Which …

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Eastern Oregon Enters Phase III of Wolf Management

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After staff documented a third consecutive year of seven or more breeding pairs in Eastern Oregon, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife implemented Phase III of wolf management. In February 2017, The Oregon Court of Appeals granted the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s application to file a friend-of-the-Court brief in a lawsuit by animal rights groups seeking to eliminate state wildlife management in Oregon.

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British Columbia to Help Feed Elk

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Help is on the way for elk dealing with the aftereffects of a tough winter and huge amounts of snowfall. The government is offering $40,000 to purchase hay which will be distributed through the region as part of an emergency feeding effort.   “I have hunted here for almost 25 years and I know our elk and deer numbers are down,” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett told BC Local News. “With ungulate populations already …