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65 Elk Wearing GPS Collars for FWP Study

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MISSOULA -

Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials have put GPS collars on dozens of elk over the past several days for a new study on herds in the northern Sapphire Mountains.

FWP officials said they use a helicopter and an airplane to spot the elk.

Then, they'll shoot a tranquilizer dart at the animal from the helicopter.

Once it's immobilized, they're able to place a GPS collar on the elk.

Vivica Crowser, of FWP, said, "And what we're initiating is a 2-year study that's going to look at habitat usage of the elk, kind of their movement patterns, how much time they spend on private versus public land."

FWP officials said they've collared about 20 bulls and 45 cows over the past five days.

They said the study is funded almost entirely through private donations.

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