More elk in national refuge get GPS collars

Apr 9, 2012

The National Elk Refuge has put GPS collars on additional elk in the past few weeks.

Lori Iverson with the Refuge says that sofar, 88 elk have been collared, so that researchers can track the animals’ movement and habitat usethroughout the region.

“That information can design hunting seasons to meet objectives,” Iverson said. “In this corner of northwestern Wyoming, it can monitor the effects of wolves on elk density, and just evaluate the effects of elk density on potential disease transmission as well.”

The refuge has been deploying GPS collars on elk since 2005, and Iverson says with more animals collared, the data that’s collected is more reliable.