Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Montana Wildlife
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Montana Wildlife Project

Evaluating the influence of climate and predation on the survival of Rocky Mountain Elk: A regional synthesis across northwestern states.

May 2010 - April 2016


Participating Agencies

  • State of Colorado
  • University of Wyoming
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

This study has the following two broad objectives: 1. To assess the influence of landscape-level variation in habitat, climate, predation, and human harvest on the survival and cause-specific mortality of adult female elk across five states in the northwestern US. 2. To understand the potential consequences of these relationships on population growth rate (and available harvest) under different predator, habitat, population management, and climatic scenarios.