Elk Refuge Plan Released

Jackson, WY – Federal officials released a draft management plan for the National Elk Refuge Thursday that features less reliance on winter feeding. The plan also would allow bison hunting on the refuge to reduce the herd size. Refuge manager Barry Reiswig says the bison hunting would help reduce the herd size from close to 900 animals to between 450 and 500. Officials are proposing using sprinkler irrigation to improve forage on the refuge, near Jackson and in the park. The idea would be to reduce reliance on elk feeding to perhaps four to five of every ten winters.