(WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT) – A major elk herd that migrates between Yellowstone National Park and central Montana has dropped in size to fewer than 4,000 animals. Montana wildlife authorities say the herd now stands at around 3,900. That’s compared to more than 20,000 elk in 1992, only a few years before Canadian gray wolves were introduced into Yellowstone. Officials say more hunters and other predators such as mountain lions and bears have also taken their toll on the herd.
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
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