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Western elk research collaboration


May 2010 - April 2015


Across 7 states in the NW United States the overall objectives are to: 1) Identify and understand the factors that influence elk calf survival and cause-specific mortality; 2) 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;; 3) understand the potential consequences of these relationships on population growth rate under different predator, habitat, population management, and climatic scenarios; 4) use these analyses to build a set of Integrated Population Models that will help wildlife managers make informed decisions.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • State of Colorado


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey