Elk Research Council

Current Projects

Project 1501 - Puberty Research in Elk Heifers
The ERC Trustees approved a new project to measure trends in breeding conception for elk heifers. The project aims to help answer the age-old question regarding the appropriate age to expose heifers and needed body weight requirements. Dr. Martin Wenkoff, who serves on the board of trustees, proposed the project stating comprehensive data on the project could be very helpful. Learn More

Project 1601: Anthrax Study in Farmed Elk
ERC Project 1601 specifically aims to better identify anthrax risk in captive elk herds in states and provinces of the US and Canada with and without a known anthrax history by performing serological testing for antibodies to B. anthracis. Hundreds of elk ranchers live in or near the documented risk zone. The ERC has partnered with the University of Florida on this project. Learn More

Project 1603 - Tracking Offspring of Elk Carrying Hybrid Genes
This ERC Project intends to take a closer look at known elk hybrids that breed to pure elk. It is well known that elk, red deer and sika deer will hybridize. Though elk hybrids in North American are not common, there is always more to learn when there is intended hybridization on an elk ranch in states that legally allow it. This particular study will follow several pure elk cows that are bred to a known hybrid and track the offspring over several generations. Learn More

Project 1701 - Collecting Elk & Deer Samples for CWD Ante-Mortem Test Research
The ERC Trustees approved a new project to allow the foundation to collect extra samples from Chronic Wasting Disease positive or suspect elk and deer herds to be used for future research. Samples can be used for ongoing trials and/or stored for promising opportunities in the future. The ERC will also act as an intermediary to locate and disseminate CWD samples to qualified researches and laboratories. Learn More

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