Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a Secretarial Order February 9, 2018 in Salt Lake City calling on agencies within Interior to coordinate to map, manage, and conserve big game migration corridors.
The Wyoming Migration Initiative is excited to release Migration Mapper™, our new, free app that enables wildlife managers, biologists, and researchers to analyze GPS collar data and delineate migration corridors and winter ranges. Migration Mapper is designed so that you can use it without extensive knowledge of computer coding languages or statistics.
Wyoming Migration Initiative director Matthew Kauffman spoke with a reporter from The Gaurdian about our growing awareness of the importance of migratory habitat, and emerging risks to ungulate corridors.
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A team led by WMI postdoctoral fellow Jerod Merkle has created a new mapping tool that uses snow depth to predict when and where elk will migrate in springtime. That's when brucellosis is most likely to spill over from elk to cattle. Such forecasting will help managers keep elk and cattle from commingling during calving season.