Jackson, WY – The National Elk Refuge at Jackson will release additional elk permits for both the north and south units through the end of the refuge elk hunting season on Dec. 5.
Refuge manager Steve Kallin made the decision to issue the extra alternate permits because many elk have avoided the refuge so far this hunting season resulting in decreased harvest.
Officials say elk have access to more forage on surrounding summer ranges this year than years past.
The limited numbers of elk on the refuge isn't all bad news. Refuge managers hope to preserve forage on the south end of the refuge to delay the onset of supplemental feeding, which researchers say exacerbates the spread of diseases like brucellosis.