Gold Star

Well, I did something today I’ve never done before!  It was a blast, in more ways than one!

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is radio collaring and blood testing some elk in this area.  A friend and I crashed their party… wanting to learn more and see what we could see.

What we could see was not much, the helicopter miles and miles away doing their thing… but we were filled with information and details and techniques and stories from the professionals on the scene.  Each question we had was thoroughly answered by the guys.  I won’t remember it all because Elk Capturing 101 is a fast and in depth class!

First, there’s the radio collar… they can track the elk… are they going over the Big Horns or out in the badlands?

radio collarThese collars, hopefully, will transmit data for three years!

After a hour or two of waiting, learning, and asking more questions, the helicopter showed up.

helicopterA pilot and two assistants are in charge of netting the elk and collecting the data.  Once they’ve netted one, it takes about 5 minutes to gather the needed information and set it free.  Fast and efficient, it was very clear that these guys are quite the experts in the field.  Evidently, after hearing stories, the new techniques have improved the process so much, that there is minimal impact on the elk.

netWhile the pilot hands over the blood samples and data to the wildlife biologist, another team member repacks a net.  It was quick and easy and I was curious about it all.  So curious, the ground crew let me check out the netgun…

Do I look like I know what I’m doing??

netgunThank you to the Wyoming Game and Fish for letting this landowner get a full picture of where, what, how, and why of the studies they’re doing and how it impacts me.  Being very open and honest goes a long, long, long ways these days!  Good job, guys.  You get a gold star!


Gold Star — 7 Comments

  1. Good for you for taking advantage of this opportunity, Carol. There’s so much information that has to be collected so wildlife and fisheries biologists can manage populations to utilize habitat. This nuts and bolts data collection is so interesting to hear about – more of these kinds of experiences any time, please.

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