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Migration Assessment


March 2016 - December 2020


The Wyoming Migration Initiative has begun a new Migration Assesment Program, which seeks to conduct a detailed evaluation of the threats that face the key documented migration corridors of big game herds in Wyoming. This effort is patterned after our assessment of the 150 mile "Red Desert to
Hoback" mule deer migration, which identified a top ten list of threats such as oil and gas leasing, road crossings, and areas of future rural development. This proposal seeks to assess the migration corridors of four elk herds the migrate into and out of Yellowstone National Park from winter ranges in Cody, Dubois, and Jackson. The assessments will be made publically available through web and social media and are expected to guide on-the-ground conservation for years to come.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417



Funding Agencies

  • NASA
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Teton Conservation District
  • U.S. National Park Serivce
  • Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
  • Wyoming Wildlife Foundation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey