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Multi-faceted study helps researchers better understand Wisconsin’s southern elk herd

Christina Kizewski, a Wisconsin DNR wildlife biologist for Jackson County, places a blindfold over the head of a recently born elk calf. The blindfold reduces visual stimulation, allowing biologists to put a GPS collar on the calf, weight it, age it, sex it, and insert a PIT tag just under its skin. (Photos by Jeff Brown)
Typically born away from the herd in the remote, even isolated, reaches of the 68,000- acre Black River State Forest, these four-legged animals are far from alone. Elk calves, after all, are a high-interest species that are GPS-tracked a few days after hitting the landscape. A Wisconsin DNR team, headed by biologist Christina Kizweski and stocked with volunteers, has been locating elk calves during the May and June birthing season, then fitting the 42-pound (average) critters with expandable GPS collars.
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