WPR News
9:31 am
Tue June 3, 2008

Conservation Groups Sue Over Refuge

Jackson, Wy – Five conservation groups say they have
filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from feeding elk on
Wyoming's National Elk Refuge.
The groups say that by feeding an estimated 7,500 elk every
winter, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has turned the refuge
into a breeding ground for diseases that can harm both wildlife and
livestock.
Jeff Welsch with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition said a
lawsuit demanding a stop to the feeding was filed Tuesday in U.S.
District Court in Washington D.C.
The feeding grounds near Jackson also inadvertently attract
hundreds of bison every winter from Grand Teton National Park. That
prompted a bison hunt last winter to stave off damage caused by the
animals trampling the landscape.