It’s becoming old hat. Volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined their counterparts from the U.S. Forest Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to construct a new wildlife guzzler that will provide life-sustaining water for elk and other wildlife in central Utah.
“We have installed 20 guzzlers over the past eight years,” Kreig Rasmussen, U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist, told the Richfield Reaper. “It has only been through partnerships with conservation groups, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Watershed Restoration Initiative, the UDWR and the Dedicated Hunter Program, as well as others that we have been able to fund the materials for the guzzlers. And without the incredible help of volunteers from a variety of groups and organizations, we would not have been able to install them.
In addition to volunteer manpower, RMEF provided $13,000 to pay for the guzzler, collecting apron, 1,800-gallon tank, escape ramp, wildlife-friendly fencing and other supplies.
Fifty-eight volunteers took part in the project.
See more photos on the Utah Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Facebook page here.
(Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)