Where have all the elk gone?

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Where have all the elk gone?

In Southwest Colorado, herds show distressing signs
After record high elk populations in the 1990s, the Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) ordered a mass hunt to cut back the animal’s numbers. Now, herds are struggling to recover.

Where have all the elk gone?

After record high elk populations in the 1990s, the Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) ordered a mass hunt to cut back the animal’s numbers. Now, herds are struggling to recover.

Where have all the elk gone?

Elk herds in Southwest Colorado have been suffering in recent years, and wildlife officials aren’t sure why. A two-year study near Montrose and Trinidad, areas with similar problems, is seeking to find answers.

Where have all the elk gone?

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) sought to drastically reduce elk populations in Southwest Colorado. Today, those same herds are struggling to survive.

Where have all the elk gone?

Local hunters believe one of the driving factors of the elk decline in Southwest Colorado is pressure that large numbers of hunters put on the herds, especially during the rut, which disrupts the ungulates breeding habits.

Where have all the elk gone?

Elk tend to gather in large groups over the winter months and move to lower elevations, now occupied by farms and ranchers. Known for causing damage to farmland, the agricultural industry put pressure on the state to reduce elk numbers.

Where have all the elk gone?

The timing of elk’s breeding habits is delicate. If breeding occurs late, births occur late, which doesn’t give calves enough time to bulk up before the next winter.
Should Colorado Parks and Wildlife limit hunting tags for cow elk to help herds in Southwest Colorado return to healthy numbers?
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