A project to capture and fit elk with radio collars is scheduled for today and Thursday in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, N.D.
The radio-collar project marks the beginning of the maintenance phase of the park’s elk management plan, the Park Service said in a news release. The park in 2010 and 2011 used “trained volunteers” to reduce elk populations that had become too high.
“We have completed the reduction phase of our elk management program,” Valerie Naylor, park superintendent, said in a statement. “However, we must continue to monitor and maintain the population. Collaring some of the elk will help us to achieve that goal.”
The National Park Service has contracted with Leading Edge Aviation of Lewiston, Idaho, which will provide a specially trained helicopter crew to locate elk and net them from the air. Biologists then will place radio collars on the elk and release them immediately. Between 17 and 21 programmable GPS collars will be deployed.
The radio collars, each with a lifespan of five to seven years, will transmit data that will allow park biologists to monitor elk location and movement, shedding light on preferred habitats and aiding in efforts to monitor the population.
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Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch in western North Dakota has been named to this year’s list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”
Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site in Billings County near Medora, N.D. (U.S. Forest Service photo)
The National Trust for Historic Preservation released the annual list today. The list highlights areas of architectural, cultural and national significance in danger of destruction or irreparable damage.
The heart of the ranch is part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and it’s here Roosevelt first witnessed the degredation of America’s wilderness and wildlife and recognized the importance of conserving such resources, the Trust for Historic Preservation said in a news release.
In naming the Elkhorn Ranch to the list, the trust cited a proposed road and bridge it says would visually impair the landscape and “introduce industrial traffic, noise and dust, through the very place that inspired Roosevelt’s views on conservation.
“The Elkhorn Ranch is not only a picturesque historic site, but as a home to Theodore Roosevelt, a true ‘cradle of conservation’ in the United States,” Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said in a statement. “”Building a road this close to the Elkhorn Ranch would permanently destroy the nationally significant historic place. Roosevelt had an enormous influence on America’s public lands system and promoted nationwide conservation of natural and cultural sites. His legacy should continue today through protection of this place.”
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