Jackson, Wy – The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole plans to begin providing supplemental feed to elk much later than usual this year.
The reason is the elk still have plenty to eat. There's still
lots of grass left over from last year and less snow than normal
covering up that grass.
Typically the refuge begins putting out alfalfa pellets for elk
around the third week of January. Last year, feeding began Jan. 27,
about a week later than normal. This year, feeding might begin
several weeks later than usual.
Refuge Manager Steve Kallin says it's good news for the 4,000
elk on the refuge this winter. Kallin says that when elk aren't
being fed, they're more dispersed and that helps prevent disease
from spreading through the herd.