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Old 02-26-2012, 10:06 AM
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Bad news for Wyoming elk herd....

Although I haven't heard specifically what the numbers are for Idaho and Montana, I do know they are very low. Unless they agree on a method to control wolf depredation, I fear we are going to see huge losses to our herds. The following was copied from this mornings Billings newspaper:

JACKSON Wildlife managers say the number of elk calves per 100 cows on the National Elk Refuge is lower than what is needed to sustain the Jackson Elk Herd population.
Wyoming Game and Fish and National Elk Refuge personnel counted nearly 16 calves per 100 cows on the refuge during the annual elk classification count Feb. 13.
Last year, they counted 22.4 calves per 100 cows.
Biologists said 25 calves per 100 cows are needed to sustain the population of more than 11,000 animals.
Biologists cautioned that they have not yet tallied elk counted during flights over other winter range in the region.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:07 PM
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Re: Bad news for Wyoming elk herd....

Just like Yellowstone had 20,000 + at times to what? Is there 3-4000? Rooster probably knows. I had my hunting phone survey and they did not want to here anything about the wolf. Siting ,tracks
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Just like Yellowstone had 20,000 + at times to what? Is there 3-4000? Rooster probably knows. I had my hunting phone survey and they did not want to here anything about the wolf. Siting ,tracks

All 3 of us recently have had our phone surveys . My wife , son and I were all asked about wolf sitings and we reported them. Along with where we seen tracks.

I hope this means they are taking a closer look now.

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Re: Bad news for Wyoming elk herd....

One of the units I hunt was about 12 calves/100 cows back in 2009 according to the head wolf biologist here. He said the herd hadn't been self sustaining for a few years prior that as well.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:29 PM
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Re: Bad news for Wyoming elk herd....

Hopefully Wyoming will have the ability to deal with their wolf population sooner than later.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:36 PM
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Re: Bad news for Wyoming elk herd....

Some charts from Idaho....
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:21 AM
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Hopefully Wyoming will have the ability to deal with their wolf population sooner than later.

I hear you there, it's frustrating at best. As you stated, "the ability to deal with our woof population..." sadening to me. Our state, our game... our hands tied by bureaucratic bs & red tape. We're getting there & I'm fairly happy with how we are approaching the issue, with any luck WY hunter can start posting pics of our new furry rugs...
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