Elk on the move

Elk move north from the National Elk Refuge into Grand Teton National Park on Tuesday afternoon. Roughly 35% of collared elk that winter on the National Elk Refuge are now known as short-distance migrants, spending their summers between Wilson and Moose, according to National Elk Refuge biologist Eric Cole. In the 1980s, just 2% of elk that wintered on the refuge stayed behind, while the vast majority of the Jackson herd made their longer migrations to the high country of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, the Teton Wilderness and the Gros Ventre drainage.

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