With the early spring thaw, the National Elk Refuge has stopped the supplemental feeding of the elk on March 28th. Without the food enticing the animals to stay there, bison and elk have started heading back toward the Grand Teton National Park. It is a normal seasonal thing with the animals usually moving during the worst visibility times of the day; dawn and dusk.
Residents are urged to slow down, and keep their eyes open for the animals coming out and weakened from the winter. Not only are the elk and bison on the move, but deer, wolves, pronghorn, bears, and moose, are also traveling around Jackson Hole but more in the Grand Teton National Park area, especially Highway 26/89/19.
National Elk Refuge and Bridger–Teton National Forest officials have announced the spring opening of the Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek Roads and removal of special winter travel restrictions. Starting at 8 a.m. May 1, the Refuge Road will be open to public travel beyond the county-maintained line, allowing access to the Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek roads and the adjoining national forest. The roads are closed from Dec. 1 through May 1 to protect wintering wildlife. From JHNewsandGuide.com .