Jackson, Wy – The National Elk Refuge has ended one of its longest winter-feeding seasons in three decades. This winter, officials scattered eight-and-a-half million pounds of alfalfa pellets on the refuge. Refuge Manager Steve Kallin says the effort to feed elk and bison cost more than 8-thousand dollars a day. He says it will take 170 semi-truck loads to replenish the supply for next year.
Kallin says the feeding effort has become too large and expensive. He says the program has put a strain on the U-S Fish and Wildlife Budget. He proposes reducing elk populations and increasing the amount of natural feed on the refuge.