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Video of Estes Park Elk Going Crazy On The Golf Course

Here's a video that I just saw on CNN of the Estes elk doing what they do best...

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-492861?ref=feeds%2Foncnn

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Calves do seem to have some

Calves do seem to have some sort of fascination with water puddles.  That herd should be called the Estes Elk Pet Pack.  EEPP.  I wonder when they will ever get around to managing it like any other herd?

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They have been culling the

They have been culling the herd up there, Dad received a harvested cow from last years cull.

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I'd be interested to see how

I'd be interested to see how they are doing that.  Those elk literally lay down 5 feet from peoples' houses.  Don't see how they could hunt them, and don't see how the town would allow it.....

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There is no culling program

There is no culling program taking place outside of Rocky Mtn. National Park. Therefore the culling operations do not have to deal with residences and the other complications that would arise if the cull was being conducted in the town or outskirts of town. Over the last 10 or so years the Colorado Division of Wildlife has increased tag allocation in the game management unit surrounding the park and this has helped to bring the population size down. As well, we had one good winter where a large number of the elk ended up migrating all the way down to Loveland and they have since established a resident herd down there and haven't returned. This helped to bring Estes Valley numbers down as well.

When the EIS process was being conducted, the public decided that instead of bringing the RMNP subpopulation down to the 200-300 range, they would rather bring it down to the 600-800 level. Under that alternative, fences had to be erected around the hardest hit willow and aspen stands on the wintering range. The park subpopulation is in this range and therefore they are culling low numbers of animals to suppress reproductive potential of the herd and to keep them within this range.

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what needs to happen!

hawkeye270 wrote:

There is no culling program taking place outside of Rocky Mtn. National Park. Therefore the culling operations do not have to deal with residences and the other complications that would arise if the cull was being conducted in the town or outskirts of town. Over the last 10 or so years the Colorado Division of Wildlife has increased tag allocation in the game management unit surrounding the park and this has helped to bring the population size down. As well, we had one good winter where a large number of the elk ended up migrating all the way down to Loveland and they have since established a resident herd down there and haven't returned. This helped to bring Estes Valley numbers down as well.

When the EIS process was being conducted, the public decided that instead of bringing the RMNP subpopulation down to the 200-300 range, they would rather bring it down to the 600-800 level. Under that alternative, fences had to be erected around the hardest hit willow and aspen stands on the wintering range. The park subpopulation is in this range and therefore they are culling low numbers of animals to suppress reproductive potential of the herd and to keep them within this range.

What needs to happen is for a number of tags to be offered to the public to hunt inside the park.  Seriously!  Open the park to hunting, from beginning of bow season unil the end of rifle season.  at least they should allow it in certain areas of the park, they can even limit how many hunters per day enter.  If they want to keep visitors safer then hunting can be limited to archery only.  Do this season after season until the the problem is solved or until game management deterines when enough has been done.  It doesn't need to be a permanent thing, but I can say it will generate much needed revenue, for the time it's done.

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I just love watching that

I just love watching that video.  I just keep watching it over and over and getting a kick out of watching that calf play in the water.

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thats a pretty cool video, i

thats a pretty cool video, i love seing animals play in the wild. thanks for posting it.

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unit 20 muzzler loader tag elk

I have a unit 20 muzzler loader. any advice on some areas a guy can get out on foot to scout this summer?

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