JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The latest count of elk in the Jackson area indicates that herd populations have held mostly steady over the last year.

In addition, biologists say the number of calves relative to the number of cows in the Jackson and Fall Creek elk herds also is up. The calf numbers are a key indication of future population growth.

Wyoming Game and Fish biologists counted 11,051 elk in the Jackson Elk Herd.

Biologist Doug Brimeyer tells the Associated Press that the final count is closer to the Jackson herd's objective of 11,000 animals than in any other year since the number was set.

To the south of Jackson, the Fall Creek Elk Herd was near its objective of 4,400 animals.