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 the animals that are there at this time. He says the average snow depth on the south end of the refuge is only 4″, and the low density snow-pack does not limit access to forage by elk and bison. He explains that based on sampling conducted by the state game and fish department and refuge staff there is still an average of 1,050 pounds per acre of available forage at key index sites. Cole points out that as an average, supplemental feeding typically does not begin on the refuge until the end of January.