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Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd at Highest Level in More than a Decade

posted May 1, 2018, 7:51 PM by chloe owens

1/31/18, by Michael Wright, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Northern Yellowstone elk herd at highest level in more than a decade

…During aerial surveys earlier this month, biologists from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Yellowstone National Park counted 7,579 elk in what’s known as the northern range, an area stretching from the Lamar Valley north to Six Mile Creek. The total is 42 percent higher than 2017’s count of 5,349. Karen Loveless, a biologist with FWP, said the significant jump likely means they missed counting some elk last year, but they still believe the population is healthy and growing. It’s the fourth consecutive year that the number has increased.