Laramie, Wy – Hunters killed far fewer elk on the National Elk Refuge and in Grand Teton National Park this fall than they have in years past.
Hunting season ended this week with 385 elk killed. That's down 60 percent from the average.
One reason may be that elk migration to the low country occurred earlier than usual this fall, thwarting hunters who went hunting during vacation time that they arranged in advance.
Also, there are fewer hunters. The number of permits issued for the refuge and Grand Teton has declined from around three-thousand in 1991 to fewer than two-thousand now.
Wildlife managers rely on hunting to control numbers of the Jackson elk herd, which winters on the refuge and three state feedgrounds.