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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Dec. 2017: UM PhD student Hans Martin is preparing for the first-ever study of bull elk in the Ya Ha Tinda.

Sept. 2017: SCI Foundation and Hunter Legacy 100 Fund supported the Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project to add a bull elk population study. This will be the first bull elk study ever in an ecosystem where recovering predators, including wolves, cougars, and grizzly bears, along with hunter harvest all influence survival.