Bitterroot Beagle Productions is producing a documentary film on the Bitterroot Elk Study. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is conducting this study to determine the cause of the dramatic decline in elk populations in the Bitterroot Valley. The cause of declining elk populations elsewhere, including Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and Idaho, could also be addressed in this study.
Elk are one of Montana's great natural treasures. Since 2004 however, the elk population in the Bitterroot Valley has been in decline. The latest surveys show cow:calf ratios as low as 11 calves per 100 cows, which is insufficient to sustain the herd. If this trend continues, biologists fear elk could eventually disappear from the Bitterroots. We decided on this project because we feel this study will prove to be a vital tool in future elk management.
Wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rocky Mountains has been controversial to say the least. Bitterroot Beagle Productions is confronting the controversy head-on with our "Howling in the Rockies" documentary film. "Howling in the Rockies" is a feature-length documentary film that will unravel the misconceptions about the gray wolf and explore its reintroduction and successful recovery in the Rocky Mountains. We have included interviews with a broad list of stakeholders from all sides of the wolf issue (including three governors and over a dozen of the most knowledgeable and respected people involved with gray wolves in the United States), which will lend a level of legitimacy to this film that no other wolf film has to date.