Rocky Mountain Elk Recruitment & Habitat
November 2018 - March 2022
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Rocky Mountain Elk (Cervus elaphus) is an iconic species, with a high recreational value to hunters, photographers, artists, and other wildlife enthusiasts. Although recruitment in elk is naturally variable, over the last 10 years recruitment has declined in some populations within Colorado, due to unknown causes. An assessment is needed on the timing of the loss of calves between parturition and the following winter, and identification of the cause(s), including predators, habitat quality, and anthropogenic factors. This project is a collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Results from this study will be used to inform Colorado Parks and Wildlife management decisions for mitigating this decline.