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Study shows cow elk undaunted by river crossing

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jun 16 2013 10:51:03 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Data collected from a study of cow elk show the animals appear unfazed by the prospect of crossing the wide sections of the Missouri River during their spring travels.
    
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists say some of the elk captured and fitted with radio collars earlier this year crossed near the Missouri River Breaks area and entered a new hunting district.
    
Region 6 Wildlife Manager Mark Sullivan told the Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/14aSjrh ) more specific details of elk migration will be known in another two years when biologists collect the collars and download data.
    
Sullivan says he's curious to learn where the elk move at different times of the year and how they navigate the rugged landscape. The collars collect the elk's location every two hours.