Conservation groups aim continued fire at Elk-Feeding Proposal

JACKSON, Wyo. – Officials at Bridger-Teton National Forest are still drawing fire from wildlife conservation groups concerned with stoppage of winter elk feeding east of Jackson Hole.

According to a report by Wyoming News Service, the organizations, which include Western Watersheds Project, Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter, and the Gallatin Montana Wildlife Association are fresh from a September judicial victory weening the feeding of wildlife yet the groups continue to urge that the several-years-length reduction plan is far too slow.

Concentration of elk numbers at winter feed locations is reported to increase the animal’s likelihood of infirmity, namely Chronic Wasting Disease.

Lloyd Dorsey, conservation program manager with the Wyoming chapter of Sierra Club says the disease surrounds the areas in question and artificial feeding of elk at Alkali Creek in the Gros Ventre Valley should stop as soon as possible, and no later than spring 2021.

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Information from Wyoming News Service

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