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Biologists Track Bitterroot Elk Migration

A major study released Wednesday now says elk – not bison - are the primary source of new brucellosis infections in Greater Yellowstone Area cattle.
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It’s big game season in Montana, and hunters aren’t the only ones tracking the state’s elk herds. Wildlife biologists are currently studying the animals’ migration patterns in the Bitterroot Valley. They’re trying to understand why elk are spending more time on the valley floor. In this story, University of Montana Graduate Student, Nate Hegyi, follows the scientists as they use a helicopter to net, collar and release elk for a study that should provide some answers.

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