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 animals during flights.
If deemed successful, the operation will be expanded across a larger area.
(Photo source: Wildlife Management Institute)