Elk on the national refuge will have to find something to eat elsewhere after next week. Refuge Biologist Eric Cole says feeding this week is being tapered off and will come to an end entirely Monday or Tuesday. Cole says as the snow is receding from the valley floor, forage left over from last year is once again becoming accessible. Cole says the elk are not beginning to leave the refuge as yet, and typically don’t leave immediately when the feeding stops. Altogether, Cole says there are between 6500 and 7000 elk currently on the refuge. Feeding at the state feedgrounds is also drawing to a close.