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Study: In Idaho, cougars kill slightly more elk than wolves

An expansive study of elk mortality in Idaho’s wolf country did what most good science does: challenged ideas held as gospel by both wolf partisans and wolf antagonists.


Years in making, Idaho elk research project nears completion

A multiyear research project aiming to measure the quality of elk habitat across the vast Clearwater region in Idaho is in its final stages.


Long, snowy winters taking toll on Yellowstone elk

Two hard winters in a row are weakening the health of Yellowstone’s northern elk herd.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Celebrity elk Buttons shows she’s not cut out for wilderness, so she’s moving to the zoo

The strange, captivating story of Buttons the elk might finally have a happy ending.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Elk hoof disease steps into Idaho

A crippling disease causing abnormal hoof growth in elk, which became prevalent in western Washington about 10 years ago and later moved across Oregon, has found its way to Idaho.


A new home for Buttons: Decision to move friendly elk draws mixed reaction from neighbors

Good or bad, Buttons the Elk’s frequent human contact was of concern for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, which relocated Buttons to the Mellotte elk feeding site in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

Hundreds of elk stream across road in video taken near Ellensburg

Hundreds of elk streamed across a road near Ellensburg last week. The migration was caught on video near Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind and Solar facility.


Helicopters taking flight for Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle elk study

Idaho Fish and Game officials are deploying elk tracking collars this week as part of the annual elk survival study.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Idaho Fish and Game seeks information on wasted elk carcass

Idaho officials are looking for any information regarding an elk carcass that was quartered and thrown by the side of the road.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

Study in Wyoming: Brucellosis reduces elk pregnancy rates

Although increased predation by grizzly bears, cougars and wolves, along with drought, have been blamed for the decline in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s elk populations, a recent study said scientists …


Wyoming elk refuge steps up chronic wasting disease testing

An elk refuge in Wyoming will now require hunters to participate in a program to monitor the spread of a deadly wildlife disease.


With no elk in sight hunter catches epic North Idaho sunset instead

Bob Legasa, of Hayden, was bow hunting for elk in Idaho over the weekend. But things were going slowly. So, the avid outdoorsman (who is also a videographer and producer …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Fires produce elk food as nutritious as alfalfa, Bitterroot Valley study shows

Mountain fires can spark the growth of new vegetation that, for several years, can provide as much nutrition to elk as irrigated agricultural fields.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 12:09 p.m.

Judge: Agency failed to justify Idaho wildlife killing plans

A court has ruled that a federal agency’s justifications for killing coyotes and mountain lions and other predators in Idaho to protect livestock and other wildlife such as elk violates …


At Yellowstone, people approaching elk calves get attacked by their mothers

If the elk of Yellowstone National Park had a spokeswoman, she would be working overtime trying to set the record straight about elk-human interactions: Despite the headlines, the average elk …


State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley

Elk are easy to spot against the green backdrop of the Skagit Valley, where much of the resident North Cascades elk herd that has grown to an estimated 1,600 is …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 11:11 a.m.

The right call: Idaho resident wins world elk calling championship

An Idaho resident won the won the 2018 World Elk Calling championship earlier this month.


National Elk refuge considers halting feeding program during a mild winter

National Elk Refuge officials say the supplemental feeding program could be halted this year as western Wyoming experiences a warmer than average winter.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

Famous Yellowstone elk herd rebounds two decades after wolf reintroduction

The Northern Yellowstone elk herd, one of the most famous and closely watched in the world, is finally growing at a healthy clip.


Survey shows Yellowstone elk herd at highest level since ‘05

Government biologists say elk numbers in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park are at their highest level in more than a decade.


Helicopter to be used in Idaho elk mortality study

Starting in mid-December, Idaho Fish and Game crews will be capturing and collaring elk using helicopters.


Montana wildlife officials ask Wyoming to stop feeding elk

Montana wildlife officials are asking their Wyoming counterparts to stop feeding elk after chronic wasting disease has appeared in the state.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data

Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho …


N. Idaho hunter shot by partner who mistook him for an elk

Authorities say a 60-year-old northern Idaho man is recovering after being shot in the buttocks with a .50-caliber muzzleloader rifle by his hunting partner who mistook him for an elk.


Reader photo: Still bullish in October

Spokane photographer John Latta nails the light and the moment as this bull elk moves with its harem of cows earlier this month during the tail end of the rut …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Feeding thousands of elk is not an easy task

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will be ready to feed the state’s largest herd, and in the process protect valuable agriculture and create an incredible sight for onlookers, …


Do not feed the elk: Central Idaho officials eye ordinance

County commissioners in central Idaho where residents put out food for elk last winter are considering new regulations to prevent the practice.


Chance blown: Bowhunter can’t forget missing ‘easy’ shot at elk

One autumn day years ago I wanted to fall on my arrow out of shame, my Montana-modified form of elk hunter atonement.


Charges detail extensive poaching ring in Washington, Oregon

An extensive poaching ring is responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern Washington state and northwestern Oregon, with many of the animals …


Agreement protects elk route, trout streams near Yellowstone

A Canadian mining company says it’s reached an agreement with conservation groups to protect two Montana trout streams and hundreds of acres of land used by migrating elk from Yellowstone …