7,109 elk counted in the northern range.
- Elk grazing in Yellowstone
© Ken Cole
Each year elk are counted from a plane on the northern range of Yellowstone and the counts are affected by conditions on the ground and in the air.
It appears that the elk population is stabilizing from the drop seen over the last decade. At one time the estimate was 19,000 which was far more than was healthy for the ecosystem of the Park. Montana FWP allowed a late season hunt on the border of the Park near Gardiner where thousands of elk were harvested in an attempt at lowering the population.
Yellowstone elk population up slightly
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