New aerial surveys by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) show that the elk population is declining in the Lolo Elk Management Zone in north central Idaho. The number of elk in the area dropped 57 percent since 2006. Wolf predation the main source of the declining numbers of elk, according to an IDFG news release.
"This survey, combined with ongoing research showing wolves are the primary cause of elk mortality today, is further scientific evidence of the impact wolves are having," Fish and Game Director Cal Groen said. "The rate of this decline in just four short years should help people understand there is an urgency to manage for a balance in this area."