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Wildlife Detectives

Interactive: Illegal Elk Shed Hunting

May 20, 2015

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When shed hunting, it is illegal to follow elk onto private or protected land. It is also illegal to chase them on ATVs or other motorized vehicles since that can lead to a stampede. Select a player below to see an animation of each scenario.


Shed Hunting on Protected Areas pt.1

Hunting on ATVs pt.2

Causing a Stampede pt.3

When shed hunting, it is illegal to trespass onto private property or protected areas.

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Some shed hunters will chase elk — on foot or ATVs — to collect antlers. The stress of being chased can make elk shed their antlers prematurely.

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Chasing elk with an ATV can spark a stampede, and stampeding elk can wind up sick, injured or even dead.

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