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In Washington State, Cattle are allowed to graze on National Forest Land. Do Cattle compete with elk for food?

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  • In Washington State, Cattle are allowed to graze on National Forest Land. Do Cattle compete with elk for food?

    In Washington State, Cattle are allowed to graze on National Forest Land. Do Cattle compete with elk for food?

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    I elk hunt in the Umatilla National Forest in Washington State where cattle are grazed all summer long. I have never seen an actual interaction between elk and cattle over food. However, I have seen areas where high cattle activity has diminished the forage considerably. I would have to assume that having cattle grazing in elk habitat would diminish the elk carrying capacity of the land. Here is a link to a U of I research paper on the subject: http://www.cnr.uidaho.edu/range/Projects/Elk-CattleInteractions/ManagementProgramsForElkcatt.htm#Edge

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    • #3
      i hunted in the Umtanum unit one year the cattle where all over the place during muzzleloader season the feed was far and in between. I normaly hunt the Cowiche unit. the ranchers where up the moving the cattle around on horses and fourwheelers. before the season opened. the feed there was low the elk were moved around cus of the cattle drive.
      it sucks when you get in to a great looking area to find that cattle were there first.

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      • #4
        here in Montana cattle are as well allowed to graze on National lands. i've seen both animals interact in the same area but not feed along each other. cattle will usually leave since the bull elk will become aggresive.

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