Abstract - Wind Cave National Park Elk Population History
Bauman, Peter J. 1997. Wind Cave National Park Elk Population History. South Dakota State University. 130+ p.
The report is a comprehensive collection of literature of the Wind Cave National Park elk herd. The datails are sequenced by year, month, and date as the the sources provide. Statements taken from documents, files, or other literature is cited as such in the Literature Cited section. There are some contradictions in reporting of population sizes both within and between years. This is attributed to managers basing the current year's population on the estimates from the previous year, without obtaining new counts for the current year. In many cases the destination of the elk that were removed for the year is not included. Destination information can be found in the reference material on file at Wind Cave.
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Elk were the most widely distributed member of the deer family in North America and spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Mexico to northern Alberta. Elk began to disappear in the eastern United States in the early 1800s. More...