January 21, 2003

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A Bugling Elk

You probably want to know how to track an elk! Luckily these Boy Scouts have a web site that can help you.
You can even listen to the sound of bugling Elk.
(This is a photo of a bugling elk.) 

Elk Track
Now you're ready for a lesson in how to track other animals! Perhaps you'll be able to see some of the many members of the deer family that live in Idaho!

Yellowstone National Park is home to many animals including elk. Visit this site where you can watch a video and find out where elk are located in the park.
Elk Antlers

Did you know that there is a National Elk Refuge close to Idaho? In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, south of Yellowstone National Park, the elk refuge is home to a magnificent herd of elk. If you are interested in this area check out: http://www.fws.gov/nationalelkrefuge/

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an organization completely dedicated to elk. Here you'll discover where elk came from, why they go into hiding, and many elk facts. Probably the most interesting part is "Amazing Adaptations". There are games to play and fun facts for kids.

The other
North American Members of the Deer Family are also fascinating animals!
Become an expert about their facts and statistics by searching these websites:



Idaho Fish and Game and Project Wild have provided two classroom activities for you to download and use with your students:
            MIGRATION HEADACHE                       ENORMOUS ELK

Look for these books at your local library:

Year at Elk Meadow by Jackie Gilmore (Roberts Rinehart, 1986)

Headgear by Ron Hirsch (Dodd, Mead, 1986)

Secrets of a Wildlife Watcher by Jim Aronsky (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983)

To Yellowstone, a Journey Home by Robert Scott McKinnen (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975)

Wapiti the Elk by Rutherford George Montgomery (Little, Brown, 1952)

Deer, Moose, Elk, and Their Family by Marie Jenkins (Holiday House, 1979)

Wapiti, King of the Woodland by Willis Peterson and Beth Clifford (Follett Publishing, 1961)

Watchable Wildlife Series, state-by-state guidebooks wildlife viewing areas (Falcon Press, 1-800-582-2665)

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Many thanks to Idaho Fish and Game and Project WILD for all of their help in this project. Information for this site was developed from "WILD ABOUT ELK," and is copyrighted by Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Idaho Project WILD. Permission has been obtained and granted to use this material for educational purposes. Photographic images were provided by the Department of Fish and Game and various other sources.
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