Elk

Elk
GoCyclones / Flickr Creative Commons

The Idaho director for the wildlife advocacy group Greater Yellowstone Coalition has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk.

The Idaho State Journal reports Marv Hoyt is currently on vacation and will retire from his post at the end of the year. Hoyt pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor charges of unlawful taking of game and wasteful destruction of wildlife. Prosecutors said Hoyt only had one elk tag but that he killed three cow elk during a November hunting trip in Caribou County.

Blocke / Flickr Creative Commons

About a third of Idaho hunters making written comments on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission's draft elk management plan say they want more wolves killed to increase the elk population.

The Times-News reports that the commission on Thursday at its quarterly meeting received the first report on the 442 comments.

About 150 of hunters making comments say they want increased measures to control wolf populations.

Only 19 people making comments wanted no wolf control measures.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher / The Hidden Life of Wolves

The presence of wolves may mean hunters can't count on finding elk in favorite hunting spots … but that doesn’t necessarily mean there are fewer elk. That was the message from wildlife managers in three Northwest states Thursday in an online public meeting.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife asked managers from Montana and Idaho to dish out some advice from their experience trying to find a balance among prey like deer and elk, wolves, and hunters.

Jon Rachael in Idaho says his state has found wolves make elk move around more.

Idaho Fish and Game

Idaho Fish and Game is rewriting its plan to manage the state's elk population. That plan was last updated in 1997. Tonight, the agency will host an online chat to hear from state residents. 

Toby Boudreau is the deer and elk program coordinator for the department.  He says after 16 years, an updated plan is long overdue. 

Tonight’s (Wednesday) chat runs from 7 until 9.  Fish and Game will host another at the same times Thursday night.  To participate, you can go to the Fish and Game website and look for the chat link.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Montana wildlife commissioners will weigh in for the first time Monday on a broad plan to protect against animal disease around Yellowstone by reducing the size of some elk herds, hazing them away from livestock and building elk-proof fences.

Those are some of the proposals to curb the spread of the disease brucellosis offered by a state-sponsored citizens working group.

If wildlife commissioners adopt the group's recommendations it would open the plan to public comment.

William Olson

Biologists are asking for help gathering clues about a hoof disease affecting elk in southwest Washington. They say the disease is severe and spreading quickly.

The reports began in the 1990s.  Hunters spotted elk limping near Longview Washington.  The animals’ hooves were deformed or missing.  The disease has spread south toward Vancouver, west to the coast, and into the Cascade foothills.

Pages