Elk

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  • Southwest Region Big Game Winter Feeding Update

    The office phone rings more often than usual these days, with citizens calling to voice concern about the welfare of Idaho’s big game animals – specifically mule deer and elk. This year’s more normal Idaho winter, with heavy snowfall and cold temperatures, is compelling animals to move to low elevation winter range where they are noticed by all of us. These winter conditions have some folks convinced that supplemental feeding is necessary to keep big game animals from starving.

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    Fish and Game’s elk study continues in the Panhandle

    Fish and Game biologists in Idaho’s Panhandle region have started the fourth year of a comprehensive elk mortality study. 

    Working with a private helicopter contractor, biologists have been in the field capturing and collaring elk since January 8.  In this study, elk are being captured with either nets or tranquilizer darts depending upon the terrain and density of the forest canopy.

  • IDFG elk study efforts continue in the Panhandle

    IDFG Panhandle Wildlife Biologists have started the fourth year of a comprehensive elk mortality study. 

    Working with a private helicopter contractor, Biologists have been in the field capturing and collaring elk since January 8.  In this study, elk are being captured with either nets or tranquilizer darts depending upon the terrain and density of the forest canopy.

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    Upper Snake Region Winter Wildlife Conditions Report for January 10, 2017

    Upper Snake Region Winter Wildlife Conditions Report for January 10, 2017

  • Upper Snake Region hosting meetings to present proposed rule changes for 2017 big game seasons

    Meetings will be Jan. 17-19 in Arco, Rexburg and Idaho Falls. 

  • Seven Elk Dead after Grazing on Poisonous Plant

    Seven elk are confirmed dead after grazing on a common – and deadly – landscaping plant in the Boise foothills near Table Rock.

  • Big Game flights begin in the Lolo Zone

    A helicopter flying low and slow over select areas is the most efficient way to count big game and determine the ratio of males and females. 

  • Upper Snake Region winter conditions report Dec. 23

    Animals were in good to excellent condition entering winter, and moderate rains and warm temperatures in the fall months resulted in a fair supply of fall forage for big game.

  • Egin-Hamer closure goes into effect January 1st

    The Egin-Hamer Area Closure places nearly 500 square miles of land off-limits to human entry for the protection of wintering deer, elk, and moose herds.  The closure begins on January first and lasts through the end of March on lands south of the Egin-Hamer Road and until April 30, north of it.  Once again, signs marking the area north of the Egin-Hamer road are fluorescent orange, while signs for the earlier opening southern portion are lime green colored.

  • Big Game Seasons and Rules 2015 - 2016

Elk

Cervus canadensis

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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