Elk Refuge Road Closure Ends May 1

Elk Refuge

The National Elk Refuge is reminding would-be visitors that the wintering wildlife closure on the Refuge Road will not be lifted until 12:00 am on May 1, 2019 to coincide with the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s scheduled annual opening. National Elk Refuge Manager Brian Glaspell points out that from December 1st through April 30th each year, a seasonal closure limits public travel on the Refuge Road. During that period, traffic and pedestrian use are only allowed from the Refuge entrance off East Broadway Avenue to the Twin Creek subdivision, or approximately 3½ miles. The closure provides animals protection at a time when their energy reserves are low and abundant new vegetation growth, or green-up, is not yet widely available for foraging. People visiting or passing through the National Elk Refuge must note it is illegal to take, collect, retrieve, possess, or transport any natural product, including shed antlers, from the Refuge.


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