Patrol Cabin Elk Feedground

Lucas Bielby and Jay Hoggan drive their team out to feed elk in 2017 on the Patrol Cabin feedground in the Gros Ventre River drainage.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has scheduled a series of statewide public meetings marking the second phase of a process that will culminate in the state agency’s first-ever elk feeding management plan.

Three of the six meetings are in the northwest portion of the state, where Game and Fish feeds hay to 15,000 or so elk on 21 state-run feedlots during the depths of winter.

Those gatherings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 3 in Afton at the Civic Center, 6 p.m. Aug. 4 in Pinedale at the Sublette County Weed and Pest building and 6 p.m. Aug. 5 in Jackson at the Lodge at Jackson Hole’s conference center.

The second phase of the state agency’s process will be more in-depth than when the collaborative process was launched, Game and Fish deputy chief of wildlife Scott Edberg said in a statement.

The Wyoming Legislature in April stripped the agency of its authority to close feedgrounds, giving that decision-making power instead to the governor.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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