The O/B Index

The O/B Index

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354 – estimated number of homes and “overnight” units to be erected in new development around Bridger Bowl; 0 – percent wolf offtake among Gallatin Canyon elk herd, 1991-1996 (before reintroduction); 15 – percent hunter offtake among Gallatin Canyon elk herd, 1991-1996; 10 – percent wolf offtake among Gallatin Canyon elk herd, 2003-04 (after reintroduction); 15 – percent hunter offtake among Gallatin Canyon elk herd, 2003-04; 85 – percent of wolf ungulate prey that was elk, 2001-2004; 60 – percent of original elk management units exceeding their FWP elk objectives in 2004; 9 – percent hunter offtake among Northern Yellowstone elk herd, 2003-04; 13 – percent wolf offtake among Northern Yellowstone elk herd, 2003-04; 16 – percent hunter offtake among Gravelly-Snowcrest elk herd, 2003-04; – percent wolf offtake among Gravelly-Snowcrest elk herd, 2003-04; 7 – percent increase in Northern Range elk offtake since the introduction of wolves in 1997; 14,779,071 – hunting permits issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2004; 703,794,135 – dollars spent on hunting licenses, tags, permits, and stamps in 2004; 9 - % of U.S. population that held hunting licenses in the mid-1980s; 5 - % of U.S. population that held hunting licenses in 2004; 52,130 average salary, in dollars, of wildlife biologist in Montana (2004); 82,400 average salary of lawyer in Montana (2004); 65,410 average salary of Montana postsecondary forestry and conservation science teacher (2004); 92,060 average salary of Montana postsecondary law teacher (2004); 23,540 average salary of Montana forest and conservation worker (2004); 94 – percent satisfaction with the national parks system by visitors; 111 – billions of dollars that recreation on national forest land contributes to the U.S. economy, according to a Clinton administration assessment; 11 – billions of dollars that recreation on national forest land contributes to the U.S. economy, according to a Bush administration assessment; 20 – billions of dollars spent on outdoor recreation products last year; 5 – percent of Montana considered “mixed shrub/grass”; 6 – percent of Montana’s wildlife species living in “mixed shrub/grass” habitats; 4 – percent of Montana considered riparian (along a river, stream or lake) or wetland habitat; 40 – percent of Montana’s wildlife species living in riparian or wetland habitats; 89 – percent of those species earmarked as “greatest conservation need” in the riparian and wetland habitat that are “essentially associated” (only found in that habitat); -43 – degrees Fahrenheit, record low for Bozeman, set Feb. 8, 1936; 63 – degrees Fahrenheit, record high for February in Bozeman, matched Feb. 24, 1995; 8 2/3 – average hours of sunlight in Bozeman on December 21; 15 2/3 – average hours of sunlight in Bozeman on June 21




Statistics from one of the following sources: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, ESPN Outdoors, Climbing Magazine, U.S. Department of Labor, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Outdoor Industry Association, www.weather.com.
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