The National Elk Refuge located near Jackson, Wyoming is currently the winter home to over 6,000 elk and around 600 bison. The animals migrated later this season because of the late spring run off, and they were able to forage for food longer.
The feeding started with a small amount of alfalfa pellets on Thursday. Wildlife officials take care of the distribution of food for the animals, that are wintering on the southern end of the refuge. The elk will be worked up to about 8 pounds of food a day, and the bison will get around 20 pounds.
This year the winter feeding is expected to be shorter than last year's (100 days), because of the late start and the mild winter. Refuge spokeswoman Lori Iverson says the amount of forage has now decreased and more of it is inaccessible because of ice and compacted snow. From the Laramie Boomerang .