I don't know about the Bear Lake area in general, but I was just up in Salmon, Challis and Mackay this weekend, and the winter kills are much higher than usual. Hwy 93 from Arco through Mackay has a reduced speed due to animals on the road, and it has been that way for months.
That said, I did see a good number of healthy looking animals too.
Tough winters with heavy snowfalls are all part of the cycle of life..
So far finding a good number of whiteys dead but yet to find an elk dead in the panhandle will soon be venturing deep on elk to get a full view of how it went..deep snow is coming off quick with lots of rain this month which should save many along with milder temps