Wyoming researchers study impact of wind farms on antelope, elk
Hard winters usually limit animals to certain areas where wind blows snow away and food is available. If those are the same places where turbines exist, and elk or antelope avoid turbines, it could hurt the winter survival rate of the herds, Beck said.
"It is an area of research that we don't have a lot of information on.
January 7, 2012
by Christine Peterson
in Casper Star-Tribune
CASPER, Wyo. - For the first time in Wyoming, scientists are studying the impact of wind farms on wintering antelope and elk.
Researchers with the University of Wyoming collared 35 antelope in 2010 and another 17 in December to monitor their behavior on their winter range in the high desert near Medicine Bow. Scientists will collect their collars, loaded with data, in the spring.
It is part of a three-year study paid for by PacifiCorp as part of the permitting agreement specifically for the Dunlap Ranch.
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