Weather, Wolves Impact Yellowstone Elk Count


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(WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT) – Wildlife managers in Yellowstone National Park were unable to complete their annual elk count. Officials say bad weather in February made surveying efforts difficult. They believe this year’s herd is similar in size to last year’s, which was estimated at over 3,900. Yellowstone elk herds peaked in 1992 with over 20,000 animals, but numbers tumbled once Canadian gray wolves were brought into the region.

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