Jackson, Wyo. – The U.S. Forest Service has approved Wyoming's request to extend use of five elk winter feedgrounds in northwest Wyoming for another 20 years.
However, it denied or put off for now the state's request to expand two other feedgrounds and extend the permit for a third.
The decision is subject to appeal over the next 45 days.
Critics of the elk feedgrounds contend the operations promote the spread of diseases by congregating elk in the winter.
Proponents say the feedgrounds keep elk away from domestic cattle and prevent massive winter kills due to starvation.
Wyoming operates 22 feedgrounds in the state, including six on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Sublette and Teton counties.