More Elk Collared in North-Central Nebraska

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff members Todd Nordeen and Justin Powell process a cow elk with helicopter crew members David Rivers and Donnie Wackerman. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff members Todd Nordeen and Justin Powell process a cow elk with helicopter crew members David Rivers and Donnie Wackerman. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Bassett, NE-(Ammoland.com)– The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission placed tracking collars on three elk near Bassett in north-central Nebraska on Tuesday, the latest installment of a multi-year effort to use real-time location data to determine populations, make harvest recommendations and monitor herd health.

The helicopter flies over rugged terrain in search of elk. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)
The helicopter flies over rugged terrain in search of elk. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Game and Parks contracted a helicopter wildlife capture crew to catch the elk and equip them with GPS tracking collars and ear tags. In addition, samples were taken from the three cows to obtain health and genetic information.

Game and Parks biologist Ben Rutten discusses possible locations of elk with pilot David Rivers. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)
Game and Parks biologist Ben Rutten discusses possible locations of elk with pilot David Rivers. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

This is the third year of the collaring effort in the Niobrara River region between Valentine and Bassett.  The crews placed collars on 17 elk the previous two years — 11 in 2014 and six in 2013.