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Wyoming Elk Herds Thriving

May 14, 2009.

Wyoming elk numbers are at least 12.3 percent above objectives, totaling 93,383 in the most recent census, an annual report says.

The report, 2009 Big Game Hunting Season Recommendation Summary, says 18 of the 25 counted herds were above population objectives and seven of them at the objectives. None of the herds was below objectives.

Last year hunters killed 20,866 elk in Wyoming, down 3.9 percent from the 10-year average. 37.1 percent of elk hunters in Wyoming were successful in the 2008 season, down from the 10-year average of 40.2 percent.

It took a hunter an average of 18.5 days to kill an elk in 2008, up slightly from the 10-year average of 18.4 days.

Full coverage in The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

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