Biologists check health of Mount St. Helens elk

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A group of Washington Fish and Wildlife employees, volunteers and university students recently gathered at warehouse in Morton to look at hearts, kidneys and other organs from elk.

The organs were donated by hunters for a program that gauges the health of the Mount St. Helens elk heard by measuring body fat content.

The fatter, the better an elk is able to survive the winter.

The Daily News reports (http://is.gd/3I2y6n ) the Fish and Wildlife Department has been monitoring Mount St. Helens elk for six years, after hundreds starved to death in the Toutle River Valley in severe winters.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com