The Uncomfortable Possibility of Closing Feedgrounds
Wyoming – Since the National Elk Refuge was founded in 1912, elk have been fed during the winter in Western Wyoming. Along with the refuge, there are now 22 state-run feed-grounds in Sublette, Teton, and Lincoln Counties. And while they ensure a robust elk population, feed-grounds are also reservoirs of disease, particularly brucellosis. Last year, elk on the Muddy Creek Feed-ground in Sublette County transmitted the disease to neighboring cattle, leading to Wyoming losing its brucellosis-free status. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports that outbreak now has people questioning whether feeding can continue.