Jackson in Teton County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The National Elk Refuge
In the high country, deep November snows cause elk to migrate to their winter range on the National Elk Refuge. In strings of 200 or more, thousands of elk arrive, some traveling more than 65 miles from southern Yellowstone National Park and surrounding national forests.
Settlement and development eliminated nearly three-fourths of the elk’s natural winter range. The 23,000-acre National Elk Refuge was established in 1912 to protect the remaining winter habitat. Throughout the year, several different national and state agencies manage the herd and its habitat.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 43° 32.795′ N, 110° 43.95′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Wyoming, in Teton County. Marker is on U.S. 26, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson WY 83001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Explore Teton Country (here, next to this marker); The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (a few steps from this marker); Winter Range on the National Elk Refuge (approx. 1.6 miles away); Trumpeter Swans (approx. 4.1 Wildland Romance (approx. 4.4 miles away); Gathering (approx. 4.8 miles away); In The Early Days (approx. 4.8 miles away); Teton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
More about this marker. A map on the right side of the marker shows the Autumn Elk Migration from Grand Teton National Park and elsewhere to the National Elk Refuge. A picture of a cow and calf elk at the lower left of the marker has a caption of “The elk (properly called wapiti) leaves the refuge in April when winter snows begin to melt. Calves are born in late May and June as the elk migrate to their summer ranges.” Next to this is a photo of a herd of elk that includes the caption “The winter herd on the National Elk Refuge exceeds 7,500 animals. About one-half of these elk summer in Grand Teton National Park. The elk are not confined; the Refuge fence protects them from the road.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.