Scientists have documented a decline in the number of elk that migrate from the Sunlight Basin near Cody, Wyo., into Yellowstone National Park where they spend the summer. The study compared the migratory herd to a resident group that stays much of the time on private, irrigated cropland. In comparison, the non-migratory herd has fared much better with fewer calves lost to predators and a more predictable source of food on the farm fields.
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You can also tune into the Gazette’s Outdoors page to see some incredible photos of a mama fox trying to scare a badger away from its den. The shots were captured by a Washington photographer near the Roosevelt-Tower area of the park last week.
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor of the Billings Gazette)