Flights over Yellowstone’s Northern Range elk herd in January showed a 42 percent increase. Although counts can vary based on conditions, the upward trend shows this popular band of elk is doing well despite living in one of the most predator-rich environments in the lower 48 states. More than 7,500 elk were counted.
Flights in March will assess the bull to cow ratio as well as calf numbers. The growth means Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be increasing antlerless tags in hunting districts north of the park in Paradise Valley to try and keep the elk separated from private ranch and farm lands.
To read more, check out my story at Montana Untamed. http://montanauntamed.com/hunting/article_b90b6e90-b955-5f7a-ad63-901ad0284a37.html