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Snowpack Still Average or Below

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Despite this week’s snowfall in northwestern Wyoming, snowpack in the region is still lagging slightly behind in some basins and is running about average in others.  According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, snowpack in the Snake River Basin is … Continue Reading

Elk Refuge Visitation Sets Record

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A record number of visitors was set last week as throngs of visitors have been taking the sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge herd over the holiday weeks.  Spokesperson Lori Iverson says that visitation peaked last Saturday.  She says 862 people went on a sleigh ride on the 55 sleighs that went out during the day. Altogether, Iverson says … Continue Reading

Elk Feeding Won’t Begin Soon

January 2, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
Feeding season ends for elk.

Don’t look for feeding to begin on the refuge for a while yet.  Refuge Biologist Eric Cole says despite below average forage production on the refuge as a result of the summer drought, there is still plenty of forage left on the reserve for … Continue Reading

Wyoming Wolf Hunt Done Tonight

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The harvest of wolves in Wyoming’s Trophy Game area has moved closer to its 2013 limit with the killing of a fourth wolf in the area east of Grand Teton National park and a third in the area east of Yellowstone National Park last week.  As of Monday, 24 of the 26 animals set as this year’s quota had been killed, and 13 others had been killed under predator status.  The wolf hunting season closes at the end of the day today.

Eagles A Familiar Sight At The Elk Refuge

December 27, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming, Teton County Comments Off
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America’s majestic bald eagle is a wildlife conservation success story – and they’re so common in Jackson Hole that we almost take them for granted. In truth, the species almost succumbed to habitat loss and DDT contamination before earning federal protection in 1967.  One of the treats for those visiting the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson, says Refuge Spokesperson Lori Iverson, is … Continue Reading

Snow Accumulation Still Below Normal Here

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While the snowfall just prior to Christmas was a God-send for the area’s ski resorts, it still has not topped the region’s 30-year average.  According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, precipitation in the Snake River Basin is now … Continue Reading

Pronghorn Staying In Jackson Hole

December 26, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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A significant portion Jackson Hole’s pronghorn antelope could end up spending the winter here, facing conditions that are tough even in average years. 53 pronghorn were counted by biologists on the in the vicinity of Miller Butte on the National Elk Refuge last week. Biologist Eric Cole says … Continue Reading

Elk Refuge Marks ESA Anniversary

Visitor Center

The National Elk Refuge is marking the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with activities at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center in Jackson Saturday.  Spokesperson Lori Iverson says naturalists will be on hand to … Continue Reading

Mead Watching Bear De-listing With Interest

December 26, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Governor Matt Mead says he is looking forward to the de-listing of the Grizzly Bear next year as recommended by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee this month.  The committee agreed with a report by researchers that the numbers of the species … Continue Reading

Elk Harvest On Refuge Modest

December 23, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
elk hunt

The elk hunt is over on the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson and this year’s harvest amounted to 147 elk that were taken.  Still, says Refuge Biologist Eric Cole, this is a minimum estimate because the submission of reports on the permits that had been issued is not mandatory and additional reports may still be turned in.  Cole says snow accumulations at higher elevations and … Continue Reading

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  • Very Mild And Windy Through Saturday, Cooler On Sunday - October 24, 2014
    High pressure will continue to be the main weather feature today and Saturday.  Expect minimal cloudiness and mainly dry weather conditions across much of the state.   Winds, however, will be strong today with gusts as high as 50 mph across wind prone areas.   Temperatures will also stay very mild and about 15 to 20 degrees […]
  • A hunt with no disasters isn’t as much fun - October 24, 2014
    Not long ago, I saw a message on one of the hunting blogs I like to read. The writer wanted hunters to send in accounts of disasters they’d had in the field. I bet he got swamped with emails. Every hunter I know has had at least one calamity in the woods. If you hunt, […]
  • Windy At Times Today, Unseasonably Mild Through Saturday - October 23, 2014
    As high pressure strengthens, warmer air from southwestern portions of the nation will move into the region today.  Conditions will also stay mainly dry throughout much of the state, but winds will be strong and gusty.  Parts of I-25 (Colorado state line to Casper) and I-80 (Cheyenne to Rawlins) could see gusting as high as […]
  • My new used truck may be the death of me - October 23, 2014
    Not long ago, I brought home a 1994 Ford F-250. It’s not much to look at, but it’s even worse to drive. About the only things it has going for it are that it’s mechanically sound, and it’s technically a vehicle. I’ve named it Clunk, for good reason. When you shift it into either drive […]

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