Disappearing Elk: Loving Our Wild Places to Death

“Disappearing Elk: Loving Our Wild Places to Death”
Paul Millhouser, Rocky Mountain Wild

Many residents of the Eagle and Roaring Fork valleys have noticed a substantial decline in the elk population in recent decades. Simultaneously, human development and activity in these area have skyrocketed. Paul Millhouser set out to find science-based proof of the connection suspected by experts and locals alike. The story turned out to be a little more complicated—and alarming—than expected.

Paul Millhouser is a landscape ecologist and GIS specialist for Rocky Mountain Wild focused on the impact of human development on wildlife. His primary research area is the Rocky Mountains, but has also studied Africa and Mongolia. He holds a Master of Geographic Information Systems from Penn State.

Can’t make it to Hallam Lake on Thursday? You can also catch this presentation on Wednesday at 6PM at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. 

What is Naturalist Nights?

Each winter, together with Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Audubon, ACES invites regional experts to explore and share topics of the natural world through slideshows and discussion.

From January to March, this popular series takes place in Aspen at Hallam Lake every Thursday evening at 6PM, and every Wednesday at 6PM in Carbondale at the Third Street Center, providing an educational activity for visitors and locals alike. Tea, donated by Two Leaves Tea Company, and cookies donated by Paradise Bakery, Village Smithy, or Bonfire Coffee are offered. 


Disappearing Elk: Loving Our Wild Places to Death

January 23, 2020 from 6–7pm




Hallam Lake