Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Montana Volunteers Roll Up Their Sleeves for Elk

Working hard, making memories, and making a difference for elk.  That was recently the theme of the day for the Southwest Montana Chapter-Butte of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. 

Sixteen chapter members, including two kids under the age of 12 and five dogs, coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management to put in an estimated 112 volunteer hours to enhance wildlife habitat on public land by pulling nearly 1.5 miles of four-strand barbed fencing in the Sawmill Creek Drainage of Montana’s beautiful Big Hole Valley south of Butte.

The group used fencing pliers, side cutters and game carts as they toiled to roll up wire, pull posts and restore unrestricted passageway for elk, deer, moose, bear and other critters across Sawmill Creek.  The area plays a large role in providing both winter range and calving grounds for numerous elk in the area. 
Mountain lion, bobcat, coyote and wolf also take advantage of Sawmill Creek as a reliable source of water.

The day also included sounds of laughter, camaraderie, friendship and good food.  Thanks to our Butte-area members for furthering the mission of RMEF:  ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage!

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