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Evaluating the influence of climate and predation on the survival of Rocky Mountain Elk: A regional synthesis across northwestern states.


May 2010 - April 2016


This study has the following two broad objectives:
1. To assess the influence of landscape-level variation in habitat, climate, predation, and human harvest on the survival and cause-specific mortality of adult female elk across five states in the northwestern US.
2. To understand the potential consequences of these relationships on population growth rate (and available harvest) under different predator, habitat, population management, and climatic scenarios.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 99

Masters Students: 225

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 247

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 658

Scientific Publications: 1872

Presentations: 4186



Funding Agencies

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • State of Colorado
  • University of Wyoming


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey