JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — National Elk Refuge officials have decided to start providing supplemental feed to the thousands of elk and bison on the refuge.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports (http://bit.ly/YmNzMt) biologists assessing natural forage this week found it had depleted to "negligible levels" on the south end of the refuge. Officials decided to distribute alfalfa starting Thursday to prevent the animals from dispersing in search of new food.
On average, the refuge starts supplementing natural forage around Jan. 26.
Elk refuge manager Steve Kallin says feed rates vary, but on average, each elk receives about 8 pounds of pellets each day and each bison about 20 pounds a day.
Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com