With more severe winter weather being experienced in Jackson Hole during recent weeks, more elk have moved onto the National Elk Refuge feed grounds. In cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the refuge staff counted 8296 elk on feed. By comparison, more than 2000 fewer elk were on feed at the refuge last year. Biologist Eric Cole says the five-year average is 6602 elk. Beyond curiosity, Cole explains that the data from the refuge along with statistics from other parts of the county allow scientists determine if the increased number represents a population increase in the Jackson Elk Herd, a distributional shirt to the refuge from other areas or possibly a combination from both. Meanwhile, refuge biologists counted 786 bison on feed this year.