Flights Scheduled to Monitor Elk Population
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363
If weather conditions permit, fixed wing and helicopter flights will occur over Rocky Mountain National Park this week. These flights will assist with the survey procedures to estimate elk populations in the park. Park staff anticipate no more than four days of flights in the next sixty days, weather permitting. The flights will not occur on weekends or 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.
Did You Know?
The oldest rocks in the park are metamorphic (biotite schist and gneiss) estimated at 1.7 billion years old, making them some of the oldest rocks within the National Park System.