- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A biologist says the National Elk Refuge has plenty of grass available for the animals to feed on.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (https://bit.ly/22ZsfPP ) that biologist Eric Cole says the elk don’t require any supplemental feeding yet.

He estimates that the refuge has 845 pounds of forage per acre. Elk tend to get antsy when the refuge hits 300 pounds per acre.

The density of snow can also affect the ability of elk and bison to graze. Cole found the conditions to be powdery and allow access to the ground.

He says things could change if there are prolonged periods of high-30s temperatures, which could lock grass under crust and ice.



But whichever way the temperature goes, Cole says the animals will likely need supplemental food before the end of the season.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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