. . . turning from the northern Range, in Jackson Hole elk numbers high, mortality low.

Officials assess refuge herd at mid-winter. Mortalities are down, but officials worry about high numbers, warmer temperatures. Jackson Hole News and Guide.

An amazingly small number of elk have perished as of mid-winter at the National Elk Refuge. However, the snow is deep, meaning it will probably melt out late and will get dirty and infectious before the winter feeding ends. Therefore, some conclude that mortality rate may yet soar.

The wintering elk herd is regarded as too large by the management of the National Elk Refuge.

4 Responses to “. . . turning from the northern Range, in Jackson Hole elk numbers high, mortality low.”

  1. Robert Hoskins Says:

    … bu not by the Wyoming G&F Department. Any non-hunter mortality is considered unacceptable.

  2. Jim Says:

    What does “dirty and infectious” mean?

  3. Ralph Maughan Says:

    It means the remaining snow is a long way from being white in color, and it is full of disease causing organisms.

  4. Robert Hoskins Says:

    Welcome to elk management, Wyoming style.


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