There may be more snow on the ground at the National Elk Refuge, but biologists don’t think that is preventing the elk there from accessing sufficient forage yet. As such state and federal wildlife biologists do not anticipate initiating supplemental feeding quite yet. Refuge Biologist Eric Cole says there is very little snow in wet meadow areas and abundant forage remaining in areas west of the Poverty Flats management area. However, he quickly adds that an additional survey will be conducted at after the current winter storm passes to reassess conditions. Since 1995, the average date for initiating feeding has been January 28. The start date, ranging from December 31st to February 28th, varies widely based on winter severity and available forage.