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Elk Study Indicating Lack Of Summer Movement To Higher Elevations

Preliminary results of studies of elk movement funded by Hood River Valley orchardists shows they are not moving into public lands in higher elevations during the summer as they have in the past.  Kaly Adkins of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says there are a number of potential reasons why, but she notes elk are extremely secretive creatures that don’t like to be disturbed, and increased recreation on the public lands they have historically gone to is one possibility.  Another possibility is an increase in fencing put up in response to orchard damage could have blocked some of the traditional migratory corridors.  ODFW is planning to reinstate a controlled elk hunt on private lands next year as a way to drive them back up into the public lands.