Searching for clues in Wash. elk herd’s health



MORTON, Wash. (AP) — Elk health has been a focus for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for the past six years, since hundreds of elk starved to death in the Toutle River Valley after severe winters.

The Daily News ( says the biologists are asking hunters for help in obtaining the material for their research.

Hunters are being asked to leave body parts at state hatcheries and other drop sites.

Cutting apart elk organs and measuring their fat content is one way biologists continue to measure the health of the Mount St. Helens elk herd.


Information from: The Daily News,