WATCH: How Elk Moved In, Around the Cameron Peak Fire
In the video, which tracks elk movements in the state in regards to the fire, wildlife biologist Angelique Curtis explained that the animals are continuing their regular migration patterns.
"My thought is is that there are islands of unburned habitat within the [fire] perimeter that the elk were going to to use," said Curtis. "It just kind of showcases that animals are very well adapted, and they know when there's danger and when there's not danger..."
This "sixth sense" has allowed the animals to stay relatively close to the fire while remaining unharmed.
Curtis revealed that the elk will naturally move away from the fires for their fall migration; however, she is interested to see if the animals will return to their usual summer locations next year.
"We don't necessarily know the effects that this fire is going to have on wildlife in general," said Curtis. "There's a lot of research that needs to go in to figuring out 'how does mega-fires like this affect the wildlife that's out there, and how should we best manage it?'"
As of official Saturday (November 7) reports, the Cameron Peak Fire has grown to 208,913 acres, with 92% containment.
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