RMEF Tops $1 Million in 2019 Elk Research

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation allocated more than one million dollars in funding to further elk-related scientific research in 2019. Those funds leveraged an additional $6.3 million in funding from other partners.

“Our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage would ring rather hollow without the constant infusion of up-to-date scientific research,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer.

So far in 2019, RMEF provided funding for 33 different research projects in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. There are also three projects of national benefit.

Below are a few examples of RMEF’s 2019 research endeavors:

State                            Project Description

California                   Northern California elk population and recruitment

Colorado                    Impact of increasing human recreation on declining calf recruitment

Idaho                          Elk response to motorized roads and trails

Montana                    Effects of wildfire on elk forage and distribution

North Carolina         Great Smoky Mountains elk monitoring, connectivity and management

New Mexico               Effects of Mexican wolves on elk, habitat use

Oregon                       Southern Blue Mountains elk distribution

South Dakota           Cow elk survival in the Black Hills

Utah                           Factors limiting elk population growth in the Book Cliffs

Washington               Assist with construction of elk hoof disease research facility

Wisconsin                  Effects of wolves on elk population dynamics

Wyoming                   Determine migration pattern of Targhee elk herd in Greater Yellowstone Area

National                     Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance applied research grant program

“It is imperative that we continue to work with partners on many fronts and in different locations, as we have for years, to gather all the quantified knowledge that we can about issues impacting elk and elk habitat,” added Henning.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded 35 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.5 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org, elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK