According to an Alberta researcher who studied “naive” elk (translocated elk) in Alberta, hunters and wolves could quickly solve the problem of the escaped elk because the elk don’t know how to live on their own in the area.
On the other hand, a few of the Alberta naive translocated elk did learn to adapt.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to Researcher says escaped Idaho domestic elk may quickly die in the wild

  1. avatar Boots says:

    The article mentions they will find out soon if they are hybrids or diseased. If clear of these, I think the bulk of them will make it barring a harsh winter.

    That saying “Slow Elk” may prove to be true in the coming months for some lucky wolves.

  2. avatar Erin Miller says:

    According to F&G estimated time for return on first tests, they should be in. AND since nothings’ been said, they must have been clear. We’d have heard LOUDLY if there were any disease or genetic impurity. It’ll be interesting if in a few years or longer someone harvests a tagged elk.

  3. avatar Boots says:

    What would be MORE interesting is if someone took a 500 class elk and removed the tag!

    8^O

  4. avatar TPage says:

    Funny you should mention 500″ elk, after something like that recently showed up dead (from an arrow) in the Selway-Bitterroot and all…

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