Elk outlook is great reading, especially when compared to views that wolves have killed most of the elk in Idaho, WY, and MT-
Elk hunters and all wildlife enthusiasts will find this fascinating reading for all the states and provinces.
2009 Elk Hunting Forecast.By Jack Ballard. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
For the 3 western states with significant wolves, pay close attention, and compare with the data from RMEF’s 2008 forecast.
2008 Elk Hunt Forecast. By Justin Karnopp. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Estimated elk population for the 3 wolf states-
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So elk population up in WY, stable in Montana, and down a bit in Idaho. This doesn’t mean wolves don’t have local population reduction effects, but in Montana and Wyoming they are offset by some other factors. It doesn’t mean that Idaho’s overall drop is the sole product of wolves.
Of course, when you compare other states with no wolves, there are similar stability or change figures. C0lorado has by far the most elk, 280,000, but also shows a drop of 12,000 from 2008 to 2009. I think Nevada shows the largest percentage gain of any state with a significantly large elk population.