Population Status, Hab.Itat And Movement Of Elk In The Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas'

Introduced Rocky Mountain elk (Ceruus canadensis nelsom) were studied in the Guadalupe Mountain National Park in the summer of 1976. This population was stable at about 100 animals, with sex and age ratios closest to those of the Tule elk. Animals utilized all 4 major habitats in the higher elevations of the Park. Movement between 3 elk aggregations were related to the availability of surface water and the carrying capacity of the area. Sixty-two % of the mortalities were closely associated with temporary pools which may substantiate the importance of water in limiting elk numbers.

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