(JACKSON, ID) – The population of elk wintering in Jackson Hole has remained stable over the last year. Biologists say things are looking up for the herd, thanks to a boost in the number of new calves. They estimate that more than 11,000 elk spent the winter near Jackson, precisely the amount Wyoming Game and Fish commissioners wanted for the region. In addition, the Fall Creek elk herd south of Jackson was also near its objective of 4,400 animals. The news comes in light of a dwindling Yellowstone elk herd that has lost 80 percent of its size in the past two decades.