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Study: Elk can be just as good at avoiding cougars and wolves as they are at hiding from hunters

Elk are crafty creatures. Just ask any elk hunter.


Study: In Idaho, cougars kill slightly more elk than wolves

An expansive study of elk mortality in Idaho’s wolf country did what most good science does: challenged ideas held as gospel by both wolf partisans and wolf antagonists.


Years in making, Idaho elk research project nears completion

A multiyear research project aiming to measure the quality of elk habitat across the vast Clearwater region in Idaho is in its final stages.


Long, snowy winters taking toll on Yellowstone elk

Two hard winters in a row are weakening the health of Yellowstone’s northern elk herd.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

Hundreds of elk stream across road in video taken near Ellensburg

Hundreds of elk streamed across a road near Ellensburg last week. The migration was caught on video near Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind and Solar facility.


Helicopters taking flight for Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle elk study

Idaho Fish and Game officials are deploying elk tracking collars this week as part of the annual elk survival study.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Idaho Fish and Game seeks information on wasted elk carcass

Idaho officials are looking for any information regarding an elk carcass that was quartered and thrown by the side of the road.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

Study in Wyoming: Brucellosis reduces elk pregnancy rates

Although increased predation by grizzly bears, cougars and wolves, along with drought, have been blamed for the decline in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s elk populations, a recent study said scientists …


With no elk in sight hunter catches epic North Idaho sunset instead

Bob Legasa, of Hayden, was bow hunting for elk in Idaho over the weekend. But things were going slowly. So, the avid outdoorsman (who is also a videographer and producer …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Fires produce elk food as nutritious as alfalfa, Bitterroot Valley study shows

Mountain fires can spark the growth of new vegetation that, for several years, can provide as much nutrition to elk as irrigated agricultural fields.


At Yellowstone, people approaching elk calves get attacked by their mothers

If the elk of Yellowstone National Park had a spokeswoman, she would be working overtime trying to set the record straight about elk-human interactions: Despite the headlines, the average elk …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 11:11 a.m.

The right call: Idaho resident wins world elk calling championship

An Idaho resident won the won the 2018 World Elk Calling championship earlier this month.


National Elk refuge considers halting feeding program during a mild winter

National Elk Refuge officials say the supplemental feeding program could be halted this year as western Wyoming experiences a warmer than average winter.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

Famous Yellowstone elk herd rebounds two decades after wolf reintroduction

The Northern Yellowstone elk herd, one of the most famous and closely watched in the world, is finally growing at a healthy clip.


Helicopter to be used in Idaho elk mortality study

Starting in mid-December, Idaho Fish and Game crews will be capturing and collaring elk using helicopters.


Reader photo: Still bullish in October

Spokane photographer John Latta nails the light and the moment as this bull elk moves with its harem of cows earlier this month during the tail end of the rut …


Chance blown: Bowhunter can’t forget missing ‘easy’ shot at elk

One autumn day years ago I wanted to fall on my arrow out of shame, my Montana-modified form of elk hunter atonement.


Roadkill on the menu: 1,600 dead deer, elk salvaged from Washington roads

Steve Clark has learned that roadkill can be as delicious as the “fresh” deer and elk he hunts. The Spokane man accounts for two of some 1,600 salvage permits issued …


Sportsmen recover roadkill for charity kitchens

Certified volunteers from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council of Spokane have permits to dispatch injured game and collect the edible meat for the Union Gospel Mission or other charities.


Big-game researcher Woody Myers gave his best shot

Nobody – no hunter, no poacher – has shot more moose in Washington than Woody Myers. His weapon was a rifle. His aim: usually to save the animal’s life rather …


Advocates say wolves may help curb disease in elk

Wolves are the perfect tool to help reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease among elk, deer and moose, wolf advocates told the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission on last …


Yellowstone elk herd growth tricky to manage

Managing the Northern Yellowstone elk herd, one of the most popular in the world, is no easy task.


Bill would give WSU lead role on elk hoof disease

Legislation directing Washington State University involvement in monitoring and assessing elk hoof disease in Southwest Washington got solid support Wednesday before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.


Herd of 41 elk die in east Oregon after falling through ice

Officials say dozens of elk are dead after the herd fell through the ice at a reservoir in eastern Oregon.


Spike hunters face longest odds, show greatest discretion

Hunters who bag trophy elk get all the press, posts and glory.


Field reports: Elk hoof disease study continues in southwestern Washington

Nearly half the elk herds in southwestern Washington have some of their animals infected with a disease that leads to misshapen hoofs and other problems, wildlife officials told state legislators …


Coming up dry in the Gospel Hump

It had been a long time since my last elk hunt, 23 years at least, and I wasn’t sure I had another one in me.


Outpeople: Dedication to wildlife management shows in Hadley’s growing résumé

Sandpoint hunter and angler Nancy Hadley continues to serve wildlife management at top levels, most recently being named to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s board of directors.


Field reports: Salvaging road-killed deer, elk approved in Washington

CRITTERS – Starting this summer, Washington residents will be able to salvage road-killed deer and elk across most of the state, according to a new program adopted Friday by the …


In brief: More Panhandle elk collared for study

At least 59 calf elk in the Idaho Panhandle have being captured by helicopter netters, fixed with GPS collars and released in the past few weeks as biologists continue research …