Elk Population Counts Underscore Importance of Improving Management
June 9, 2021
The most recent elk population counts show a disturbing trend of Montana's elk herd increasing to crisis levels in many areas of the state. Three quarters of Montana's hunting districts have an elk population above the sustainable population objective set by the Montana Fish & Game Commission, with over thirty districts at more than double the objective number.
"This has been the trend for years—the elk population continues to grow far beyond what the biologists estimate as a healthy, sustainable level," said Chuck Denowh, the policy director of United Property Owners of Montana. "Today w...