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Table 1 Description of elk samples obtained from ten herds across Western Alberta

From: Pathogens at the livestock-wildlife interface in Western Alberta: does transmission route matter?

Herd (abbreviation) Exposure to cattle Estimated herd size Captured elk Additional fecal sample collection Herd description literature
Project Serum samples Fecal samples at capture
Beauvais lake (BL) Exposed 150-250e Montane Elk Research Program 9 8 69 [3336]
Castle-carbondale (CC) 500-700e Montane Elk Research Program 72 34 80
Livingstone (L) 340e Montane Elk Research Program 16 12 74
Porcupine hills (PH) 450-700e Montane Elk Research Program 8 3 69
Whaleback (WH) 700-1000e Montane Elk Research Program 30 12 93
Waterton (W)a Non-exposed 900e Montane Elk Research Program 16 10 64
Crowsnest pass (CP)b 200e Montane Elk Research Program 17 7 38
Jasper National Park (JNP)c 1300f Parks Canada 31 0 55 [37]
Banff National Park (BNP)c 215f Parks Canada 20 0 NA [38]
Yaha Tinda (YHT)d 1000f University of Alberta - University of Montana 80 0 70 [39]
  1. aThe elk herd only partially spread outside the park boundaries during calving season.
  2. bCattle are only present for summer public grazing.
  3. cJNP and BNP are resident herds of the national parks and have no interaction with cattle.
  4. dAlthough the herd has recently been observed to extend its home range eastward toward ranched areas (Merrill, personal communication), this herd has had very limited contact with cattle over the last several years.
  5. eSource: Alberta Conservation Association Winter Survey 2001-2002 and 2006.
  6. fSource: Parks Canada.