Refuge quickly fills with elk after hunting ends



Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — It's looking like more elk than officials would like are going to spend the winter at a refuge.

National Elk Refuge biologist Eric Cole told The Jackson Hole News and Guide (http://bit.ly/2hcSHlk) that the 6,000 elk on the property so far is well above the 15-year average.

The animals started moving onto the refuge after elk hunting ended Dec. 16.

Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest issued a plan in 2007 that said the population should be 5,000 elk due to food needs during harsh winters.

Voluntary hunter reports show the 355 cow and calf elk that were killed this season was almost a record.

___

Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

U.S.
The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast