9780762770748

Where Elk Roam : Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd

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  • ISBN13:

    9780762770748

  • ISBN10:

    0762770740

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-11-08
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
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Summary

As one of the world's largest and most social deer species, elk are of immense interest to wildlife enthusiasts. Their 500-800-pound tawny bodies, sweeping antlers, and fascinating behaviors draw millions to seek them in national parks and other public lands. So valued are elk for viewing, sport, and table fare, that over the past twenty-five years elk were transplanted from the West to five Eastern states and Ontario, Canada. These reintroductions helped restore a treasured animal that as recently as two centuries ago roamed from Atlantic to Pacific coasts and Alaska to Mexico. Where Elk Roamprovides an inside look at the field studies and conservation work of a federal wildlife scientist who for twenty-two years served as the National Elk Refuge's wildlife biologist, coordinating winter feeding of 8,000 elk and tracking their births, deaths, and annual migrations throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It brings the joys and rewards of working with elk and other magnificent species--including wolves, bears, and mountain lions--to life, and it entertains and educates while also moving readers toward active participation in conservation.

Author Biography

Bruce Smith, PhD, retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2004 after a thirty-year career as a wildlife manager and scientist. During that time, he worked with every big game species in the western United States. Many of his publications address aspects of elk ecology and conservation. He lives in Sheridan, Montana.

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