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National Elk Refuge could be breeding ground for deadly wildlife disease

To nature-adoring onlookers, the sea of elk gathered every winter on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming appears to be an enchanting vision of wapiti nirvana.

Across generations, countless people have taken refuge sleigh rides, watching thousands of pastured wild elk being fed dry hay and alfalfa pellets. Indeed, the town of Jackson, Wyoming’s four rustic elk antler archways in its central public square are built from antlers shed by bull elk on the refuge.


(Ed. note: This is the second in a two-part series on wildlife disease in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.)


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