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Flights Scheduled to Monitor 2009 Elk Population

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Date: October 26, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Over the next five months, weather conditions permitting, fixed wing and helicopter flights will occur over Rocky Mountain National Park. These flights will assist with the survey procedures to estimate elk populations in the park. Park staff anticipate no more than three days of flights per month. The flights will not occur on holidays.

Both a fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter, flying at different altitudes, will be used. The main purpose of the paired flights will be to enhance the monitoring of the number and distribution of the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a joint study with the National Park Service and United States Geological Survey (USGS).

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call (970) 586-1206.

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