Elk NetworkBiologist: Winter Weather Hindered Migration, Artificially Boosted Yellowstone Elk Numbers

General | February 25, 2018

A biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) believes an early winter snowfall blocked some elk from their usual migration routes which, subsequently, led to a higher than normal population count of  the Northern Yellowstone herd. The elk normally leave Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and spend their winter near Cody, Wyoming.

Karen Loveless made those comments at a Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting.

Biologists with FWP and Yellowstone National Park counted 7,579 elk over two days earlier this year which accounts for a 42 percent increase from a year ago.

(Photo Source: Wyoming Game and Fish Department)