WGFD begins elk feedgrounds public collaborative process

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is inviting the public to participate in the development of a long-term management plan to combat chronic wasting disease (CWD) and other issues that occur when elk attend winter feedgrounds in western Wyoming. 

“While there are benefits to feeding elk on feedgrounds there are also challenges,” said Brian Nesvik, director of WGFD. “Game and Fish is preparing to develop a plan that will guide the long-term management of feedgrounds and the public’s voice on the issues is important.”

To assist future management decisions over the next decade, WGFD is initiating a multi-phased effort to gather public input. The first phase is to hold public discussions, or “listen and learn” sessions, on the many intricacies of elk feedgrounds. The second phase, tentatively planned for early 2021, will involve a public collaborative process that will formally provide input for the development of a long-term elk feedgrounds management plan.

“The purpose of the meetings is to give participants a well-rounded discussion of elk feedgrounds,” said Scott Edberg, deputy chief of the wildlife division. “Presentations will touch on the many different issues and considerations surrounding elk feedgrounds.”

Anyone interested in the future of elk feedgrounds management is encouraged to attend one of the four upcoming Phase I virtual public meetings. Participants must register in advance of the meetings, and once registered, will be sent a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting.

Meetings are planned for: 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 –5-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 – 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 – 6-9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 3 – 4-7 p.m.

The same presentations will be shown at each meeting, so there is no need to attend more than one as space is limited in the virtual sessions.

There will be time for questions and answers after each presentation and brief public comments. A presentation recording will be available on the WGFD Elk Feedground Public Collaborative Process website by Dec. 10 for those unable to attend a live meeting.

Upon completion of each virtual meeting, participants will be emailed an online comment form with questions to collect feedback. Written comments will be accepted electronically from Dec.1, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021.

“Everyone is encouraged to provide their thoughts in writing using the online form to ensure they are received and considered,” Edberg said.

The State of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone needing auxiliary aids should contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Departmen at (307) 777-4501. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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