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Elk Numbers Increasing on Refuge

December 20, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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One of the occurrences Jackson Hole residents have come to expect each year at this time is the arrival of large numbers of elk on the refuge – particularly as the early winter storms move through.  Refuge Spokesperson Lori Iverson says that is the case now and even more are on forest land adjacent the refuge ready to move in.  She says as of Wednesday, there were about 1400 elk on the refuge and a lot more in the vicinity, either staged and ready to move onto the refuge or just moving down to the  lower areas adjacent to the refuge. For those wishing to view the animals, Iverson says there is not only the popular sleigh rides through the herd, but a guided vehicle ride through the eastern side of the refuge which affords views of other animals as well. She says a 15-passenger van is able to accommodate about a dozen people comfortably.  Iverson says, “We take them onto the Refuge Road, we look for big horn sheep, we have a number of trumpeter swans that can be seen from the Refuge Road, and of course you can view elk from that area.”  The activity is free and lasts about two hours.  Those wishing to participate need to have reservations.  Iverson says the number of elk currently on the refuge is pretty much on par with other years and by the time feeding begins, the numbers will elevate significantly.

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