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Elk Not Remaining on Refuge

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As you drive past the National Elk Refuge, you may notice that it still looks pretty empty.  However, Refuge Biologist Eric Cole says that’s not because there is no activity there.  Cole says elk movements to the refuge over the past week have increased, but generally, the elk leave soon after they arrive due to hunting pressure there.  Cole says 250 elk moved through the refuge last Thursday and as many as 1000 moved through the refuge and onto forest service land two days later.  So far, an estimated ten elk have been harvested on the south end of the refuge this week.

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