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

New Mexico Project


Elk calf survival and cause-specific mortality in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area

January 2011 - June 2013


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • New Mexico State University, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
  • Dallas Safari Club
  • Texas Tech University, Department of Natural Resources Management
  • T&E, Inc
  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Our objectives are to assess: 1) elk calf survival and cause-specific mortality in the Blue Range Mexican Wolf Recovery Area; and 2) calving site, neonate bed site, and kill site characteristics.

Research Publications Publication Date
Pitman, J.W., J.W. Cain III, S.G. Liley, W.R. Gould, N.T. Quintana, and W. B. Ballard. 2014. Post-parturition habitat selection by elk calves and adult female elk in New Mexico. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:1216-1227. | Download September 2014
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Pitman, J.W. 2013. Microhabitat selection and mortality site characteristics of elk (Cervus canadensis) calves and adult elk calf-rearing habitat selection in areas of differing predation influences in southern and northern New Mexico. M.S. Thesis. Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University . 160 pp April 2013