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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)
Pilot David Rivers and gunner Donnie Wackerman get ready to take flight Tuesday morning. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)
Pilot David Rivers and gunner Donnie Wackerman get ready to take flight Tuesday morning. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

BASSETT – 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.

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.

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.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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