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ONP elk count underway

August 18th, 2014 - 5:21am

(Port Angeles) Olympic National Park continues an annual count of the elk population in the park.

Biologists started the census of Roosevelt elk yesterday and plan to continue through the middle of the week.

Crews are using a low-flying helicopter during early morning and late afternoon hours to make the count.

They're focusing in high elevation areas of the Elwha, Hoh, South Fork Hoh, Queets, and Quinault Valleys within Olympic National Park boundaries.

Elk censuses have been conducted in the park annually since 2011.

The elk monitoring program is a component of the North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN) Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program in partnership with Mount Rainier National Park and US Geological Survey, state Fish and Wildlife and local tribes.

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