First Meeting of Cody Wyoming Elk Herd Working Group
Cody, Wyoming has several elk hunting areas, they also have a decreasing population of elk. Game and Fish has created a working group to help with recommendations for these hunting areas; 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 66. Their first meeting they spent getting to know each other, saw a power point presentation on the elk herds created by G&F Cody Biologist Doug McWhirter, and worked on setting ground rules. Uncertain still is how they will have a consensus, if it's basic majority or 3/4 majority, so that will be decided at the next meeting, June 22. Public comments will be taken at the end of every meeting and each speaker will be limited to three minutes. This group is a public entity so all their meetings will be available through the Cody, Wyoming Fish and Game website.
Cody's elk herds have migratory and non-migratory herds. The migratory herd numbers are decreasing due to a couple factors; in the migratory area there are more bears and wolves preying on the elk especially the calves, the females are not birthing in consecutive years. McWhirter added that a herd should have a good calf/cow ratio, at least 20 calves for every 100 cows. There was also mention of brucellosis affecting the elk calving numbers, the group would like to have a special presentation on brucellosis in the future, from CodyEnterprise.com.