RMEF: RMEF is primarily focused on large landscapes, particularly those in the western U.S., that are home to elk, mule deer, sage grouse, moose and many other species. Elk are generalists, adaptable, can survive in a wide variety of habitats and numbers are healthy in much of their occupied range today.
Over the past decade, a vast number of western landscapes have seen extended drought, large and extremely intense wildfires, the rapid spread of noxious weeds, the loss of aspen communities, and earlier spring green up in key elk habitats. Some of these changes, while not always negative, have potentially caused elk to alter migration patterns and/or spend more time on private lands. It is also difficult to sort out the impact of changing climates with other factors such as increasing predator populations, changes in federal land management, and shifts in landowner behavior.