Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project

The Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project is one of the longest-running studies on elk in an intact ecosystem under wolf and grizzly bear predation in North America. This research will continue to improve understanding of the factors affecting calf recruitment and migratory behavior in the YHT elk population and allow for more effective wildlife management.

Information in this Project Update was provided by the Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project.

Species involved: Elk

Project partners: University of Alberta, University of Montana

Total SCIF Investment: $127,000 (With help from HLF) (Total need: $50,000)

Year SCIF began involvement: 2013 (Timeline: 2000-2017)


Project Objectives

1) Monitor population trends of Ya Ha Tinda elk herd.

2) Quantify reproductive rates, age-specific survival, and movements of adult and juvenile elk.

3) Evaluate bed-site characteristics and factors influencing elk calf survival.


Anticipated Outcomes

The Ya Ha Tinda elk herd plays an important economic role in drawing hunters, recreationists, and wildlife enthusiasts to both Parks Canada and provincial lands. This research will guide management actions to ensure benefits of the Ya Ha Tinda elk herd are appreciated well into the future.