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Idaho research helicopter targets elk, moose, wolves

This photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a gray wolf, fitted with a radio collar, in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in 2003. 
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This photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a gray wolf, fitted with a radio collar, in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in 2003. (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

WILDLIFE -- Helicopters are getting ready to fly for a wide-ranging wildlife research effort in Idaho's Clearwater region.

Idaho Fish and Game Department wildlife biologists are gearing up for helicopter surveys and radio collaring elk, moose and wolves in Big Game Management Unit 10. In the next week or two, they are planning to place collars on 20 calves and 15 adult elk; 20 calves and 7 adult moose; and 10-15 wolves.
 
This effort is part of a continuing research project on causes and consequences of ungulate mortality. Results from this study will be used to make wildlife management decisions related to wolf-ungulate populations in Idaho, said Jen Bruns, IFG spokeswoman in Lewiston.



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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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