JACKSON — Supplemental feeding of elk and bison on the National Elk Refuge is expected to begin Friday, about three weeks later than average.
Refuge officials say above-normal grass growth last year combined with below-average snow cover this winter have created favorable conditions for elk on the refuge north of Jackson. Refuge Manager Steve Kallin said delaying the start of feeding means less time each winter and spring that animals are artificially concentrated on the refuge. Concentrated elk and bison are more vulnerable to diseases.
He said wildlife managers hope new irrigation practices on the refuge will result in more grass and less need for supplemental feeding.