Observations of elk movement patterns on Fossil Butte National Monument
Edward M. Olexa
Suzanna Carrithers. Soileau
Leslie A. Allen
Tags: WLCI Fact Sheet
The elk herd that frequents Fossil Butte National Monument, a subset of the West Green River elk population, provides visitors with seasonal opportunities to view an iconic species of the western United States. Throughout the year, these elk range across a variety of private, State, and Federal lands within close proximity to the Monument. These lands are managed differently for various uses which can create challenging wildlife-management issues and influence the herd’s seasonal movements and distribution. Research lead by the USGS investigates some of the factors associated with these seasonal changes.