Tens of thousands of elk move in masses from low, hilly country outside Yellowstone National Park into forested mountains and high meadows.
Stress from wolves may not be the reason behind a declining elk population near Cody, according to a study published today. The conclusion stands in contrast to previous research, which held that increased stress from wolves was behind a drop in the number of elk in the Yellowstone area.
Busy highways and fences are seen as some of the greatest obstacles to the survival of migrating North American big game animals like caribou, deer, antelope and elk, cutting them off or redirecting them around traditional feed grounds.
Fewer cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake could be part of the reason that elk herds migrating out of the park are declining.
CODY — Though elk and other animals typically move from winter range to summer pastures to find better forage and to avoid predators, those benefits have mostly disappeared over the past decade for a group of migratory elk in Park County.