CWD found in captive South Dakota elk

PIERRE, S.D. – Chronic wasting disease has been identified in a captive elk in Clark County, S.D., the South Dakota Animal Industry Board said in a recent news release. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says the owner of the 21-month-old female elk noticed the animal was ill and contacted his veterinarian, who submitted samples to the Animal Disease Research and…

Hunters save elk from a muddy grave

Tony Hentz, of Melrose, and his wife were setting up for an evening Wyoming elk hunt in September when they came across a 4×4 bull stuck in a deep mud pit. They heard the bull making noise as it tried to get out of the pit. “We tried for an hour to get it out, but were unsuccessful with the…

Study: Carnivores’ return helps Yellowstone streams

Widespread extermination of wolves, cougars early last century meant elk herds able to grow in size, eating away willow plants and other vegetation along park’s streams, causing erosion damage. But in recent years, resurgent populations of wolves and cougars have restored the park’s natural balance by knocking back elk numbers and changing the herds’ behaviors.