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When you have some down time, take a look at this video. Nice Job on Mule deer and their Migration over the years....

Two of their best Wyoming Deer were discussed- "Popeye and Goliath"

 

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Some Fun Videos-


and some more Utah work being done with Mountain Goat Captures-

 
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Game and Fish updates Wyoming lawmakers on elk feed grounds public process

First round of public comments on accepted until Jan. 8

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department presented an update to the Wyoming Legislature's Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources committee Tuesday on the Department's work to develop an elk feedgrounds management plan. Game and Fish recently held four virtual meetings to educate the public on feedgrounds and the complexities of management, including disease concerns as the start of a multi-phased public engagement process.

"Given the growing complexities of feedgrounds, I feel strongly we are at a point where we needed to talk to the public and give all the facts on the Department's approach," said Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik, "People may be familiar with feedgrounds as it relates to their interests but don't know the 'why' behind the Game and Fish decisions. This is an educational effort."

Game and Fish Director Nesvik informed the TRW committee that while Game and Fish is collecting thoughts and input from the public about managing elk that attend the winter feedgrounds, the department is not considering closures in the short and mid-term, and intends to support the western Wyoming practice that has been in place for over 100 years.

Anyone who wants to submit comments on elk feedgrounds is encouraged to watch the recorded meeting posted online if they were unable to attend a live session. The recorded video features presentations from Game and Fish including an overview of elk feedgrounds in Wyoming, current wildlife disease concerns, including chronic wasting disease, and current brucellosis management on feedgrounds. Presentations also include federal partners on their role in the feeding of elk in western Wyoming. Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 8, 2021.

"We're fortunate to have extremely high interest regarding the future of elk feedgrounds management from the public," said Scott Edberg, deputy chief of wildlife. "Your thoughts matter. We want anyone interested to have the chance to get involved and share comments."

For those who were unable to ask questions at a prior live presentation, Game and Fish is planning to host a supplemental question and answer session beginning at 4 p.m. Jan. 5, 2021. Attendance information will be available at a later date. Anyone interested in the Q&A should watch the recorded meeting before enrolling.

This series of online meetings and comments is the first in a multi-phased process to develop a long-term elk feedgrounds management plan. Stay up-to-date on the Elk Feedgrounds Public Collaborative Process by visiting: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Get-Involved/elk-feedgrounds.

(Mark Gocke - 307-249-5811)

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Some wildlife video's from the several hundred trail cams the Division puts out along with in field video-


 

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New Hampshire Trail Cam Video-

 

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Colorado Aerial classifications are currently going on- this flight involved Elk and a lot of them-

 

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Colorado Bears 2020-

Video of some of the bear encounters reported in 2020. We received 4,943 bear reports in 2020 and 1,661 (33.6 percent) had trash documented. Trash is not the only problem leading to human-bear conflicts. Bird feeders (411 reports), unsecured chicken coops (254) and livestock (391), among others, are all pieces of the puzzle wildlife officials document when tracing conflicts.

 

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Montana Antelope Migration Study-

 

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Fisher study in Oregon-

Although fisher have been re-introduced in the southern Cascades, understanding the native Siskiyou population is a top ODFW priority. ODFW staff are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region Research Station, Bureau of Land Management, the Institute of Natural Resources and Oregon State University to close knowledge gaps regarding fisher populations and distribution. The main priority of ODFW's research is to estimate the population size, density and range of fisher across the Applegate WMU landscape.

 

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Maine Trail cam footage.....

 

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Colorado along with other Western States complete post hunting season Big Game counts to understand what population structure they have for the coming season. They also do Spring counts in some states to evaluate winter mortality and fawn survival to establish hunting tag allocation for the coming fall. They Change quickly as needed to maintain herd structures that are consistent and up to date and not affect the population negatively.

Here is the Colorado Breakdown of the December fly overs and data gathering-Several other states will be completing Spring studies and fly overs as well. They gather data, crunch the numbers and get the results quickly to make positive decisions for the coming season.

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2020BigGameWinterRangeandMigrationCorridorsReport.pdf (state.co.us)
 
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Utah's breakdown on 2020 and the challenges that came with it. They stayed the course and implemented many programs-

The year 2020 didn't pull any punches, but our teams adapted and kept working hard - even in the face of uncertainty. Here's a peek at some of the accomplishments, including a #MigrationMonday update on some critical new pronghorn fencing.

 

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Montana sheep relocation- One project after another for the resources.

 

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and the Wyoming Sheep study update-



Bighorn sheep study continues in southeast Wyoming

February 26, 2021

LARAMIE -

Wildlife biologists fitted GPS tracking collars on 17 bighorn sheep in southeast Wyoming in late January as part of an ongoing study to learn more about respiratory diseases in the species. Ten bighorn sheep ewes in the Encampment herd and seven ewes from the Laramie Peak Herd Unit (three from Sybille Canyon and four from Duck Creek) were captured and fitted with collars. The GPS tracking collars provide a location point each day for the next three years. This information will help biologists estimate the number of sheep that use critical winter ranges, and learn more about their movement patterns to help determine future habitat improvement projects.

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And more research and studies being implemented-

Game and Fish ages record-breaking number of big game teeth


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is on-track to gather ages from more than 4,000 big game teeth from the 2020 hunting season.

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is on-track to gather ages from more than 4,000 big game teeth from the 2020 hunting season. It's more teeth than have ever been collected from big game harvests in the state due to increased hunter check stations efforts and research projects. Wildlife managers use this data, along with other information, to analyze age classes to make sound management decisions and learn more about population dynamics.

Molly Bredehoft coordinates the tooth aging program for Game and Fish. The program is based out of the Game and Fish Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Laboratory in Laramie. She noted this year pronghorn tooth submissions saw the biggest boost.

"For 2020, we've aged 827 pronghorn teeth so far," Bredehoft said. "That's much higher than just a few years ago in 2018 when only six teeth were submitted and analyzed. In 2019 our number of pronghorn teeth increased to over 500 due to a collaborative research project with the University of Wyoming, and this year's high numbers are due to the continuation of the research."

This year, the oldest hunter-harvested pronghorn was 13.5 years old. For other big game, the oldest recorded ages for 2020 harvests are:

  • Elk - 16.5 years old
  • White-tailed deer - 12.5 years old
  • Mule deer - 12.5 years old
  • Moose - 11 years old
Bison ages will be available at the beginning of April. Other species, like bobcat, mountain lion and black bear will be available later in the year.

Teeth from wildlife are analyzed using a technique called cementum annuli analysis tooth-aging. The annuli are deposited in layers in the root of an animal's tooth each winter and are counted to help determine the age of the animal.

"This method is similar to counting rings on a tree," Bredehoft said.

Certain teeth are preferred for aging for different species. Game and Fish needs both first incisors for mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose, bison and other ungulate species.

Hunters who submitted a tooth sample can easily check their individual results online by logging into their Game and Fish account with their username and password. Creating a username and password is a simple process much like on other websites. To help, Game and Fish has step-by-step videos and written instructions. Hunter data will be linked automatically, including tooth aging results. Hunters can also use their license number, name and date of birth. A listing of ages by species is also available for anyone to browse.

Bredehoft cautioned hunters to not be discouraged if they don't see their submitted tooth results yet - lab personnel are continuing to post information over the coming weeks and will update reports again in March for big game. The lab is also working to update historical information for mountain lion and black bear, and for the first time, offering historical bobcat ages easily viewable online.

In addition to teeth collected annually from hunter harvests, teeth are sometimes collected by Game and Fish personnel from wildlife captured for research projects and relocations, as well as winter mortalities and road killed animals on occassion.

(Sara DiRienzo (307-777-4540))

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Update on the Sheridan Region Mule Deer Study in full swing-

 

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Mule deer and elk captures underway along the Front Range
A herd of elk in South Park by Reinecker Ridge on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 (photo by Jason Clay/CPW)


DENVER - Several studies of mule deer and elk on the Front Range have begun with the deployment of satellite GPS collars on adult does (female deer) and cow (female) elk.

The animals will be captured by a professional capture crew using helicopter net guns as well as by Colorado Parks and Wildlife personnel on the ground using immobilization techniques.

The goals of the study are to identify mule deer and elk seasonal ranges, migration corridors, habitat use and future habitat improvement projects.

Deer and elk will be captured in several project areas on winter range east of the Continental Divide, ranging from the Wyoming border down into South Park. Project areas include private land, state and federal lands as well as Jefferson and Boulder County Open Space properties. You may see low flying aircraft in these areas over the next few weeks as crews work on capturing animals in project areas.

The GPS collars will record the positions of each animal for the next three to five years. Daily position updates will be available to biologists via email notifications throughout the study.

If an animal dies during the study, a mortality signal will be sent to the local wildlife biologist who will search for the animal’s carcass, determine the cause of death and collect biological samples.

The studies are the result of many years of planning and a lot of collaboration between CPW, Jefferson and Boulder Counties, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These projects have received generous financial support from collaborative partners listed above, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Department of the Interior Secretarial Order 3362.
 
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