Elk harvest up 30 percent in Jackson Hole area

By: AP
By: AP

Jackson, WY (AP) - The number of elk killed in the Jackson Hole area is up over last season.

Data from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department released this week shows hunters killed 1,437 animals from the Jackson Elk Herd last fall, a 30 percent increase. The number of animals killed in the area's other major herd, the Fall Creek Elk Herd, fell about 15 percent.

The department's wildlife coordinator, Doug Brimeyer, told the Jackson Hole Daily that snowfall pushed elk down into drainages where they were more visible to hunters.

Statewide, it was a banner year for elk hunters. For the second year in a row, hunters harvested more than 25,000 elk.

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