A new statewide elk management plan was unanimously approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at their Jan.16 meeting in Boise.
The 2014 elk management plan sets goals that Fish and Game staff — working with elk hunters, farmers and ranchers, other agencies, and other members of the public — will achieve over the next 10 years.
The new plan directs the department to maintain or increase current elk populations across most of the state.
In those management zones where habitat limits elk populations, the plan calls for improvements such as increased treatment for noxious weeds.
Where elk are causing damage to agricultural fields, the Department will seek additional help to haze elk, improve communications with farmers, and work collaboratively to reduce the elk impact.
In zones limited by predation, the plan calls for the department to target predators such as bears, mountain lions and wolves as necessary to reduce predation impacts.
The plan along with a summary document “A Guide to Idaho’s 2014 Elk Plan” will be available on the Fish and Game website by Jan. 24.