Wyoming Co-operative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Otters Flee Energy Production, Study Finds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/otters-flee-energy-production-study-finds <p>Researchers at the University of Wyoming have found that energy development is scaring off river otters in the Upper Green River Basin.</p><p>Scientists counted the number of otters in several waterways throughout the Upper Green River Basin in western Wyoming. The rivers farther away from energy development had dozens of otters, but the New Fork River had only two.</p><p>Report co-author Merav Ben-David says research shows that otters don’t like the noise and commotion associated with development, and she says another concern could be water contamination.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:20:47 +0000 Willow Belden 58912 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Otters Flee Energy Production, Study Finds Study shows elk decline linked to drought and predators http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-shows-elk-decline-linked-drought-and-predators <p><br></p><p>A study by the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit shows that elk migrating to and from Yellowstone are raising fewer calves than in the past.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Report co-author Arthur Middleton says hot, dry weather has limited the amount of forage available, so fewer elk have been getting pregnant. Plus, he says wolves and bears are rebounding and killing more elk calves.</p><p>He says in contrast, <em>non-migratory</em> elk outside the park are doing well, because land is irrigated, and predators are scarce.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:53:05 +0000 Willow Belden 41907 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study shows elk decline linked to drought and predators