Game and Fish Department biologists counted 283 bighorns in a population survey that began last fall and was completed in March to see how many lambs survived the winter. The total number is up 7% from the previous year's count of 265, which was the lowest in a dozen years.
Disease – including distemper, mange and the parvo virus – and packs moving out of the park blamed for the decline; numbers across Wyoming also down.
We all love sunrise fly-down, but the best hunting hours to call in a boss gobbler often occur with the sun high in the sky.
And mule deer buck success was 81 percent, and antlerless mule deer was 83 percent.
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Research suggests that lion hunters tend to kill older cougars, which happen to be specialists at feeding on elk. However, the numbers of younger lions that tend to eat deer are largely left unchanged.
2018 was a record breaking year for Whitetail Properties Real Estate as they topped $1 billion in land sales for the first time in the company’s 11 year history.
And for the first time the state documented a pack living west of the Cascade Range.
Following the positive detection, Game and Fish removed an additional 52 deer for testing. All tested negative.
State wildlife agency last year more than doubled the number of pronghorn licenses from the previous year, due to a rebound in the population.
Last year, the largest hunter-killed bighorn sheep with both Pope and Young Club and Boone and Crockett Club was taken by a bowhunter in the South Dakota Badlands.
The proposed permit restrictions on non-resident hunters could have hurt the Kodiak economy – "It would have essentially wiped out the guiding business."
Claim that feeding alfalfa pellets to elk to help them survive harsh winter conditions causes them to concentrate in groups at the National Elk Refuge.
Officials have designated the area as a new area of known wolf activity. As of early 2018, there were at least 124 wolves in the state.
The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will guide future efforts to conserve the ground-dwelling birds that range across portions of 11 Western states.
In Southern California, biologists and partner agencies counted 60 animals, approximately one-third the number counted in the last helicopter survey conducted in March 2016.
The government first proposed revoking the wolf's protected status across the Lower 48 states in 2013, but backed off after federal courts struck down its plan for "delisting'' the species in the western Great Lakes region states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
As territories shrink, some fight to the death, while others are working together.