Seeking to advance science regarding predator-prey dynamics while also bolstering predator management, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for the Washington predator-prey project.
Researchers placed GPS collars on elk, wolves, deer, mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats to gain information about survival, sources of mortality, productivity, movements, distribution, and resource use of both predators and prey. In addition to predation, the study also examines forest structure, timber harvest history and other factors.
The five-year study involves a collaboration with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife scientists and graduate students from the University of Washington.
RMEF consistently supports rigorous research to further its mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. In 2020 alone, RMEF and its partners allocated $5.6 million to further elk-related scientific knowledge, including 30 projects across 15 states.
(Photo source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)