Declines in elk calf recruitment and populations have continued to raise concerns about the effects of carnivores on elk populations. Recently, integrated carnivore-ungulate management proposals to reduce carnivore, including wolf and mountain lion, populations in efforts to increase elk recruitment have been proposed in west-central Montana. However, the ability of wildlife managers to use carnivore harvest as a tool for improving elk recruitment, and thus elk population size, has not been evaluated in Montana.
The specific objectives of this project are:
Funding was provided by revenues from the sale of Montana hunting and fishing licenses and matching Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration grants to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Funding was also provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.