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Pinedale Online > News > February 2007 > Want to see elk? Go to the National Elk Refuge!

Bull Elk. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
Bull Elk
A big bull (male) elk at the refuge.

Elk Herd. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
Elk Herd
The horse drawn sleigh takes you right through the middle of the elk herd.
Want to see elk? Go to the National Elk Refuge!
In Jackson, Wyoming
by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online!
February 3, 2007

From late December until late March, for just $16, you can get up close and personal with hundreds of elk. The National Elk Feed Ground in Jackson offers sleigh rides through the elk herd. Start out at the visitor center, which is more like a museum. This is a good family excursion, with kids welcome.

The National Elk Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). It is one of 545 National Wildlife Refuges throughout the country administered by the USFWS. The mission of the USFWS is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Directions: From Pinedale, take US Hwy 191 north to Jackson, approximately 78 miles. The Refuge and Visitor Center are on the north end of Jackson (follow signs), just south of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Photos by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online!



Related Links
  • National Elk Refuge - In Jackson, Wyoming
  • National Elk Refuge - More info, US Fish & Wildlife Service-Refuge Profile
  • Wikipedia: National Elk Refuge - More info

  • Visitor Center Sign. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Visitor Center Sign
    Start out at the visitor center.

    Visitor Center. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Visitor Center
    The visitor's center is full of beautiful animal mounts and art work.

    Find Me. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Find Me
    Visitor Center displays give information about the wildlife in and around Jackson.

    Interpretive Signs. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Interpretive Signs
    There are many interactive displays for all ages.

    Elk Antler. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online!.
    Elk Antler
    There are many hands-on displays in the visitor center.

    Griz Territory. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Griz Territory
    Donít miss the special Grizzly Bear display on the second floor of the center.

    Gift Shop. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Gift Shop
    Visitor's Center Gift Shop.

    Elk Tour Bus. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Elk Tour Bus
    Buses leave the visitor center and ride out to the feed ground.

    Bull Elk. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Bull Elk
    Bulls will start to lose their antlers between now and spring, leaving them to lay in the snow on the refuge. After the elk leave the feedgrounds, the antlers are then collected by Boy Scouts and sold at an annual antler auction. Elk regrow their antler racks every year. The general public cannot go into the refuge and pick up antlers, but they can bid on them at the auction.

    Elk Hair. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Elk Hair
    The sleigh ride is very informative and educational. Here visitors look at a sample of elk hide and hair.

    Bull Elk Sparring. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Bull Elk Sparring
    Bull elk can be seen sparring, locking their huge antler racks together and pushing each other back and forth in a test of strength.

    Catching a Nap. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Catching a Nap
    Catching a nap in the sunshine.

    Getting a drink. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Getting a drink
    Flat Creek River runs through the feed ground.

    Elk in Flat Creek. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Elk in Flat Creek
    Elk in Flat Creek.

    Dropped antler. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Dropped antler
    This bull elk has discovered an antler dropped by another bull elk. All the bulls will have dropped their huge racks by the end of spring and begun to regrow new, larger ones.

    Collared Elk. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Collared Elk
    This elk has a collar that helps tracking and research.

    Sparring. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Sparring
    Playing in the sun.

    Teton Elk. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Teton Elk
    The Grand Tetons provide a beautiful back drop for the elk refuge sleigh tour.

    Elk Viewing Telescope. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Elk Viewing Telescope
    If you prefer to view the elk from inside the visitor center they have binoculars and a scope on the second floor.

    Bald Eagle. Photo by Pam McCulloch, Pinedale Online.
    Bald Eagle
    While you are on the feed ground you may see more than elk.
     
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