BIG NEWS. We cover some big game items today including possible elk impacts resulting from a wolf reintroduction, more bighorn opportunities in South Dakota and what’s being done about declining moose populations east of the Red River. All that and more in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: A young bull moose rests in a small slough. Simonson Photo.
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CRYING WOLF. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation lays out the case against wolf reintroduction into Colorado, an initiated measure spurred by voter demand. The organization cautions that greater biological study is required in relationship to not only elk but other animals and that out-of-state funding is to blame for the effort.
BIGGER HORNS. The South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Dept. has proposed expanded bighorn sheep opportunities in the Rushmore State next season. Up to eight tags will be available in four units, including a new unit and one being expanded.
MORE FOR MOOSE. The Nature Conservancy shares a 30,000 foot view of plans to restore Minnesota’s moose population. While North Dakota’s populations continue to expand, the iconic megafauna of Minnesota is fading, with a primary range predominantly in the northeastern corner of the state and a herd size of about 4,000 statewide, down from 9,000 15 years ago.