Minnesota -(Ammoland.com)- A new research project on free-ranging, wild elk of northwestern Minnesota aims to improve understanding of elk movements and habitat use.
“This research project is the first of its kind in Minnesota,” said Dr. Gino D’Angelo, deer project leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We know very little about elk in Minnesota. Our goal is to improve understanding of the species and ultimately develop management programs that benefit elk and their habitat, while also minimizing conflicts with landowners.”
The study is being conducted by researchers from the DNR and Minnesota State University-Mankato and will run through June 2018.
Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) and approved by the state Legislature. The DNR and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are also providing funding.
As part of the study, beginning Feb. 15 and weather permitting, the DNR will collar approximately 20 adult female elk in northwestern Minnesota, from three herds in Kittson, Roseau and Marshall counties.
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