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Ensuring That Elk And Their Habitat Are Managed In A Healthy, Balanced Way

Jackson Hole is famous for its large herd of elk. This beloved herd, however, is threatened with devastation as chronic wasting disease marches ever closer. The effects of this and other diseases are amplified by elk herds closely concentrated on feed grounds. To save this national treasure and maintain a healthy ecosystem, we advocate expeditiously phasing out artificial winter feeding on the National Elk Refuge and state feed grounds. We support policies and practices that manage for herds balanced with the carrying capacity of their winter ranges. We also support policies that encourage traditional elk migration as a means to mitigate the effects of the deadly CWD and promote a healthy ecosystem that is not overgrazed by an unnaturally dense elk population.

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