Elk gather to feed on hay provided at the Patrol Cabin feedground in the Gros Ventre drainage north of Jackson. Photo: Mark Gocke // WGFD

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting in Jackson on Aug. 5. The meeting is part of Phase II of the public collaborative process on elk feedground management.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Hole Conference Center, 920 West Broadway.

Five other public meetings will be held across the state, beginning July 27 in Laramie. The meetings aim to outline stakeholder and public involvement.

Meetings are in-person only, with no online participation option. Recordings will be made available for some of the meetings.

Phase I began last fall. The report was compiled in Feb. 2021. According to Wyoming Game and Fish, “Phase I was designed to share information on feedground history, operations, and related disease concerns. Phase I was also designed to gather feedback that would inform how these issues are addressed in Phase II.”

“Phase II is designed to have more in-depth engagement with various stakeholder groups on elk feedgrounds management,” said Scott Edberg, Game and Fish deputy chief of wildlife and chair of the elk feedgrounds steering team. “We will provide additional opportunities for shared-learning on issues that were identified by participants as an outcome of Phase I.”

Meetings will be facilitated by Tara Kuipers Consulting, an independent firm based in Cody.

The goal of the process is to produce a long-term management plan for elk feedgrounds. According to Game and Fish,  The draft management plan is tentatively planned to go in front of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission for approval in the spring of 2023.


Avatar photo

Buckrail @ Lindsay

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.