Beginning this week, Idaho Fish and Game personnel are conducting population survey flights for deer and elk across the Upper Snake Region. Helicopters are being used in capture operations so that radio collars can be placed on animals. Fish and Game Spokesman Gregg Losinski says if residents see a low-flying helicopter, they should not be alarmed. He says the collaring will mostly involve deer in an effort to be able to ascertain their movement patterns and better understanding their habitat needs during times of winter survival and calving season. Losinski says areas where the activity will be primarily seen include the Teton Valley and the Tex Creek areas near the Wyoming borders.