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Researchers track elk’s 250-mile journey to give birth

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 17:55:40-04

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) — Wildlife researchers say an Elk traveled more than 250 miles (402 kilometers) across Colorado to give birth.

The Steamboat Pilot and Today reported Monday that Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials placed a collar on the elk cow known as R190 near the town of Maybell in late March.

Officials tracked the elk as she zigzagged east and crossed the Continental Divide. She gave birth last month in North Park, a large mountain valley in north-central Colorado.

State wildlife researcher Nathaniel Rayl says the distance the elk traveled was significant, but elk don’t really have average migration distance. They may travel great distances one year but stay put the next.

The elk was equipped with a GPS collar as part of study tracking the survival of elk calves.

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Information from: Steamboat Pilot & Today, http://steamboatpilot.com/