Elk Study Interim Progress Report – 30 April 1999
Two instances of canine predation of elk occurred within the past week on the study area. Evidence at the scenes of the kills indicated that the predator, in both instances, were wolves.
Elk No. 47, an 11-month-old female, was killed on 25 April 1999 between the Torch River and FS Rd 176.
Elk No. 44, an 11-month-old male, was killed approximately 0.5 mile from the No. 47 kill-site on 27 April 1999. This calf of 1998 was born of Cow No. 26, the first elk to be conceived and born in Wisconsin during this study.
Summary of known mortality among radio-tagged elk since calving in June 1998 (all but Nos. 44 and 47 were reported in earlier progress reports):
- No. 46 – male calf, killed at age 7 days by a bear
- No. 31 – yearling bull, accidental drowning
- No. 32 – yearling bull, automobile collision
- No. 43 – 9-month-old male, wolf predation
- No. 44 – 11-month-old male, wolf predation
- No. 47 – 11-month-old female, wolf predation
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