Ya Ha Tinda Elk Monitoring Project

elkSince 2000, researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Montana have worked collaboratively to investigate how changes in the Ya Ha Tinda elk population are affected by humans (harvest, habitat management), natural factors (predation, climate) and natural vegetation dynamics. We work to understand the changing migratory behavior of elk and the trophic dynamics within this predator-prey-montane grassland system and also a long-term perspective on grassland dynamics. Combined, our studies of the population at Ya Ha Tinda represent one of the longest elk population studies in a system with intact natural predators, including wolves and grizzly bears and human hunting.

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April 2018: The Alberta Conservation Association provides support for the Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project in its second year of its bull elk study. 

March 2018: The Ya Ha Tinda Elk project captured 39 female elk. We retrieved collars holding movement data from the past three years from 29 of these individuals. This data will be analyzed to assess calving habitat selection, calf survival, and migratory movements. We are excited to compare the migratory movements of these females with the males captured in January/ Read PhD student Hans Martin's blog post about this.

January 2018: 32 male elk were collared as part of the first ever study of bull elk in the Ya Ha Tinda. Migration is expected to begin in May and we anticipate interesting results from these collared animals.