Southwest Washington Wildlife Reports

By The Chronicle

Pheasant Release

Sandra Jonker, Wildlife program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, reports a release of 143 pheasants on Monday, with 71 placed at the Goldendale Hatchery Unit, 50 at the Gun Club property, and another 22 at the Finn Ridge site.

Elk Survey

The first monthly survey of the Mount St. Helens Wildlife Area elk to assess herd composition and wintering elk concentrations observed about 370 elk.

The survey found 31 calves per 100 cows and 31 bulls per cows. Radio signals picked up 16 collared elk, with no mortalities detected. No elk were seen around Coldwater Ridge, an area that elk typically congregate at during mile to moderate winters. The valley floor had no snow accumulation.

Goose Season

Goose season reopened on Dec. 8 after a one week break.

Big-Game 2011 Hunting Season

Program Manager Jonker with regional biologists to set big-game hunting seasons for 2011.

Changes are minimal, but there will be an increase in elk permits for the western Mount St. Helens elk herd area.