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Game and Fish counts elk in the Bighorns

Game and Fish counts elk in the Bighorns

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Wyoming Game and Fish recently completed a January survey of elk in the Bighorn Mountains. These photos were taken during the survey, done in elk hunt areas 37 and 38 on the east side of the Bighorn Mountains. [image: Inline image 2] *h/t Wyoming Game and Fish / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 3] *h/t Wyoming Game and Fish / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 1] *h/t Wyoming Game and Fish / Pitchengine Communities* According to the Game and Fish, wildlife biologists do the surveys from a helicopter when the snow cover makes the elk more visible. During the flights smaller groups of elk are counted directly and photos are taken of the larger groups of elk. Later the photos are placed onto computers and biologists mark each elk with a colored dot. The photos can be enlarged so no elk are missed during the marking process. After all the elk in the photos are marked, lines may be placed on the photos to break the large herds up into more manageable counting units. If the photos are clear enough the elk are classified as mature bulls, cows, calves, or yearling bulls. Cows and calves, along with yearling bulls and occasionally 2 year old bulls tend to winter in larger groups; while adult bulls (those 2 years old and older) tend to winter in smaller "bachelor groups". There are 144 elk in the cow/calf group photo. To see more pictures and some video of the big game classification surveys click here: http://bit.ly/1X42Q3g. *Feature photo: Elk on the east side of the Bighorns. h/t Wyoming Game and Fish / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news