Colorado Study to Monitor Impact of Recreation on Elk ~ Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

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Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

What type of impact does outdoor recreation have on elk?

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What type of impact does outdoor recreation have on elk?

Colorado Study to Monitor Impact of Recreation on Elk | Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
What type of impact does outdoor recreation have on elk? That is what researchers in Colorado are trying to determine. Biologists with Colorado Parks and …
 https://www.rme f.org/elk-netwo rk/colorado-stu dy-to-monitor-i mpact-of-recrea tion-on-elk/
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There have been 25 comments on this post from Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 to Monday, March 2nd, 2020. Comments have been closed on this post, "Colorado Study to Monitor Impact of Recreation on Elk ~ Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation".
Comment on: Monday, March 2nd, 2020
None but wolves and bears do
Comment on: Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Meanwhile, they want to introduce a giant canine that can chase elk 365 days a year.
Comment on: Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Long overdue. Our elk here in the Southwest Co are constantly pushed around all year long. It wasnt this bad when I was young. Mountain bikers, ohv/timbersleds , backcountry skiing/snowboar ding, hikers/backpack ers. Southwest Colorado has some of the best backcountry access in the United states(I know I've spent my life trying to find better). Colorado also has the highest population out off all the rocky mountain states. This means that our elk are more pressured than any other elk herd in the rocky mountains. I believe that one of the contributing factors to calf mortality, in swco is from pressure stress. Our preditors are a big deal dont get me wrong - but we are developing a serious problem withought the help of preditors. Calves are getting dropped and left.
Comment on: Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Im an out of state hunter and one of the units effected (751) was the one I hunt. I thinks its a good thing. I started hunting that area 11 years ago and I wouldnt see another sole hunting. Last year I counted 12 other people hunting back there.
Comment on: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
hasn't this kind of stuff already been studied extensively at the Starkey Experimental Forest in Oregon???
Comment on: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Why? They have an Elk study area that wasnt even supposed to be put into place here in Oregon. The Starkey Experimental Forrest is a shining example of OFDWs BS!
Comment on: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Ty Lloyd -- An area I used to hunt here in Montana had the same thing happen to it.. Almost devoid of all wild life now. Sad
Comment on: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Motorcycle trails and roads bulldozed in prime hunting areas have had a huge impact on elk in Unit 62. They were added after Parks-and Wildlife merged and Parks used Wildlife money to build them.
Comment on: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Jack Ward would disagree as I do, many great studies came out of that area.
Comment on: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Colorado is not Oregon we deal with obvs all summer and hunting with them racing all over is impossible
Comment on: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
As the Colorado population increases by double digits percentage points every year, you got the USFS curtailing to the ski industry, wintering areas being bulldozed for housing, more and more people using OHV's interfering with wintering and fawning areas... Elk populations are plummeting. Yup. There you go. Study done.
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
severe damage in off road areas in unit 73 due to 4 wheelers and dirtbikes
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Yep, better quit enjoying the outdoors for dem der aminals
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Well if I'm out there near the elk, the impact is usually 180g at 2900ft/sec
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Unit 511 use to be a hidden gem for the quality and quantity of elk. Then the motorcycles, ATVs and all the other OHVs from nearby Colorado Springs found it and you can hardly find an elk anymore. Sure there are some hiding in nearby private property ranches, but the forest is empty. Trails courtesy of the US Forest Service criss cross everywhere and the volume of people have driven them away.
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
They never get a break from harassment. In the spring and summer it's motorcycles and four-wheelers, and in the winter it's snowmobiles. They need some room to breathe and not be harassed.
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
They need to shut down the dirt bikes and hiking and all the Recreational stuff during hunting seasons
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
The fact that so many people use OHV now and there aren't enough officers to keep them were they belong is a huge factor. I live right near a trophy unit and won't apply anymore because they are driving them anywhere they want. Our lazy society is not only horrible on wildlife but as bad in the forests they rely on. So sad! Need more wilderness!!
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
The dirt biking has a huge impact in unit 17 and 171 where we hunted. If it was a weekend you might as well slept in.
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
It has a huge impact on elk populations. Elk numbers have plummeted in SW Colorado and Eagle County Colorado for this exact reason.
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
In good weather conditions when elk can move freely? None. But in winter? A lot.
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Growth of OHV use has driven them out of prime elk habitat.
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
GREAT impact, animals have no safe havens anymore!!!
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Dirt bikes have a huge impact!
Comment on: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Better tell the Elk in Estes Park they shouldn't be there. Then maybe turn some wolves loose, that oughta do the trick.

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