• Photo of golden aspen with Hallet Peak in the background. NPS Photo by J. Frank

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Flights Scheduled to Monitor Elk Population

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Date: January 29, 2008
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?

a photo of a search and rescue

In 2004 there were 190 Search and Rescue incidents in the park, a very small number considering there were about 3 million visitors to the park in that same time period.