national elk refuge http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Elk Mortality Up On Some Feedgrounds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/elk-mortality-some-feedgrounds <p>More elk than usual died this year on two wildlife feed grounds in western Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>Mark Gocke with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says about 160 animals died on the Camp Creek and Soda Lake feed grounds. Most were calves.</p><p>The reason was a combination of disease and wolf predation. Gocke says they had a very wet spring this year, which made it easy for bacteria to spread.</p><p>“It’s probably just a combination of elk being weakened by the disease, and then a predator doing what predators do: they see a weak animal, and they will go in and take it,” Gocke said.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:22:47 +0000 Willow Belden 57488 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Elk Mortality Up On Some Feedgrounds Report shows wildlife refuges benefit communities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-shows-wildlife-refuges-benefit-communities <p>According to a new report released by US Fish and Wildlife Services, Wyoming's wildlife refuges may be providing quite a bit of economic benefit to the state.</p><p></p><p>The report looked at nearly one hundred refuges across the country, including the Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuges in Wyoming. The report shows that these refuges brought in nearly half a million dollars to the surrounding area in 2011.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:39:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 49705 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report shows wildlife refuges benefit communities Elk refuge warns outdoorsmen about grizzly sightings http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/elk-refuge-warns-outdoorsmen-about-grizzly-sightings <p>The National Elk Refuge is advising visitors to be on the lookout for grizzlies.</p><p></p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:52:30 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 46207 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Elk refuge warns outdoorsmen about grizzly sightings Winter hunting opens in the National Elk Refuge http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/winter-hunting-opens-national-elk-refuge <p>This month, the National Elk Refuge will open its bison hunting season to control herd sizes.<br>The bison hunting season will be divided into 12 hunting periods with a week separating each, to prevent the bison from learning which areas of the refuge to avoid.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:56:54 +0000 Jordan Harper 44767 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Winter hunting opens in the National Elk Refuge Jackson Boy Scouts to auction off elk antlers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jackson-boy-scouts-auction-elk-antlers <p></p><p></p><p>Jackson District Boy Scouts will host their annual Elk Antler Auction during Elkfest in the Jackson Town Square this weekend.</p><p>Each year, the Boy Scouts receive a special-use permit to collect shed antlers on the National Elk Refuge. They then tie the antlers into large bundles for customers to bid on by weight.</p><p>One-quarter of the proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts, and the rest will go to the Elk Refuge to fund elk habitat projects.</p><p>Elk Refuge spokeswoman Lori Iverson says many of the auction customers are artists.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 23:21:29 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40958 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jackson Boy Scouts to auction off elk antlers Elk Antler Auction benefits habitat at National Elk Refuge http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/elk-antler-auction-benefits-habitat-national-elk-refuge <p>If you’re looking for big, stately&nbsp;elk&nbsp;antlers to hang on your wall, the National&nbsp;Elk&nbsp;Refuge in Jackson&nbsp;<em>would</em>&nbsp;be a great place to find them… except the public isn’t allowed onto the&nbsp;elk&nbsp;habitat. Instead, the Refuge and the Jackson Boy Scouts are gathering and bundling antlers to sell at the annual&nbsp;Elk&nbsp;Antler Auction in Jackson next weekend to benefit&nbsp;elk&nbsp;habitat projects. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with the Refuge’s Lori Iverson about it. Fri, 10 May 2013 22:42:21 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40600 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Elk Antler Auction benefits habitat at National Elk Refuge Bison hunt to begin http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bison-hunt-begin <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Department received thousands of applications for bison hunting permits this year, and invited about 400 of those to hunt.<br /><br /> Spokesman Mark Gocke says hunters will be helping to reduce the herd size of the largest land animal in North America. The ideal herd size is 500 bison, but there are currently 900.<br /><br /> Gocke says the drought has driven the bison herd from its typical summer rangeland and onto the Elk Refuge seeking forage. The herd competes with elk and other animals for food.<br /> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:21:05 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28570 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bison hunt to begin