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Monitoring Elk Migrations with Remote Photography

A large herd of elk pass by this camera site on their way to low elevation winter habitat near Cody, WY. Herd composition data from camera traps could offer a cost effective, and less risky alternative.


April 2013 - December 2018


Most elk population estimates are based largely on data collected from aerial classification surveys. Although aerial surveys are an excellent source of data, they are costly and dangerous.
Recent wildlife underpass projects and pilot projects to monitor migratory elk populations suggest there may be potential to obtain accurate estimate of annual elk trend from digital cameras as animals move through migration bottlenecks during their spring and fall migrations. This project is evaluating the use of remote cameras to monitor population
dynamics and migration patterns of elk in northwest Wyoming.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



Funding Agencies

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Wyoming Community Foundation (WGBGLC)
  • Wyoming Game & Fish Department
  • Wyoming Wildlife - The Foundation
  • Yale University


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey