See­ing a lot of older fe­male elk? That’s be­cause they’re ‘bul­let­proof’

Canadian Wildlife - - DISPATCHES -

Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Al­berta tracked elk us­ing radio col­lars in a multi-year study. What they found: older fe­male elk–the ones that have sur­vived the pre­vi­ous hunt­ing sea­son–learn to avoid hun­ters. “Elk learn to be­come shy as they get older,” said con­ser­va­tion bi­ol­o­gist Mark Boyce, who led the study. If they make it to the age of ten, he said, they’ve learned enough to be­come “al­most bul­let­proof, vir­tu­ally in­vul­ner­a­ble to hunt­ing. That’s be­cause they get bet­ter at avoid­ing hun­ters.”

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