2013 Elk Outlook September 20, 2013 Montana

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2013 Elk Outlook September 20, 2013 Montana, MFWP News
... Montana's elk populations are in good shape—even as predation by wolves has contributed to some depressed elk populations in parts of western and southwestern Montana... 
     Region 1—Northwestern Montana: Elk numbers remain stable ... Elk numbers in the lower Clark Fork area, the region’s best elk producer, have been stable with good calf and bull numbers seen during spring surveys.  
     Region 2—Western Montana:  Elk numbers are generally above the long-term average but the distribution and trend of elk populations raises concerns for the future. Calf production and survival is low in several districts along the border with Idaho and adjoining the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas ... 
     Region 3—Southwestern Montana:  ... roughly the same amount of elk ... The areas seeing highest numbers remain the area around Dillon, the Pioneer Mountains, and the Shields Valley and Helena ...
     Region 4—Central Montana:  Elk populations remain robust...
     Regions 5 — South Central Montana:  Elk populations are healthy, growing and at historically high levels ...
   Region 6—Northeastern Montana:  Elk numbers are at or above management objectives ...
     Region 7—Southeastern Montana: ... outside of the Missouri Breaks, elk here are primarily found on private land. While elk populations are above management objectives ...


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