Team Number: 043 School Name: Cuba High School Area of Science: Enviornmental Science Project Title: A Possible solution to the over population of elk in New Mexico Project Abstract: http://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us/97.98/abstracts/043.html Interim Report: http://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us/97.98/interims/043.html Final Report: http://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us/97.98/finalreports/043/finalreport.html
The first step in solving this problem is to gather information on the number of elk, their eating habits, and their habitat. This information was gathered from the Forest Service, High Country Outfitting, and the Game and Fish Department of New Mexico. The second step in solving this problem is to use a computer program that shows a grid. The grid will establish an average elk population from data researched. Third, the plan will be to develop a growth rate of the elk for every year. This would probably be one calf for every cow. Finally, make up permit policies for the hunting of both cows and bulls.
The progress our team has made has been very significant as well as educational. Our team has started out developing a project that a computer program could not solve, and turned it around to where the project could be solved by a computer program. This is thanks to the scientists at the Glorieta Kick Off Conference to helping our team make our project into a computer program and to better understand the steps we will take to solve the problem. Our team has worked together to gather a numerous amount of data from several places as well as the internet and from local ranchers on elk. Each team member has individually done a report on a specific topic on elk to better understand their habits and life style. Our team has also developed an algorithm for the program we are later to write.
The results that our team expect to get from this project will be a slow decrease in the elk population size instead of killing off elk in a large number at one time. These results will show a more humanitarian way of the decrease of elk in New Mexico rather than destroying the population of elk in a barberic and inhuman manner. By doing this, the balance of nature will not be distrupted.
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