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Comment deadline for Elk feedgrounds is Jan. 16, 2024

The Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds may be on the chopping block due to CWD concerns. Here, Wyoming Game and Fish distributes hay to elk at the state-run Patrol Cabin feedground north of Jackson. (PHOTO BY MARK GOCKE, WGFD)

• Interviews with the B-T and Wyoming G&F available here.

The Bridger-Teton National Forrest will accept public comment through January 16, 2024 on the proposal to renew the lease for two elk feed grounds in the Star Valley region.

The comments are directly related to the 20-year lease programs at Forest Park and Dell Creek grounds.

The most recent lease agreements expired in 2016 and have been renewed on a year-by-year recently.

Randy Griebelo, Ecosystem Staff Officer with the Bridger-Teton joined the Weekday Wake Up program on Monday to review the request for maintaining feeding operations at both sites.

Griebelo, explained the at NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) approval is needed to continue for a new 20-year period.

He advised the current DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) on this renewal process is now open for public review and comment, again noting the Tuesday, January 16 deadline. He encouraged public review of the statement.

“We will process the comments and in about a year will produce the Environmental Impact Statement.

Alternatives under consideration for the feed grounds now included options granting another  20 year permit with no further action, phasing out the feeding program over time or simply stopping the process now.

“The actual proposed game and Fish proposal is to maintain operations for the next 20 years, as they have done,” Griebelo pointed out.

He noted that if the alternative is chosen to discontinue feeding, the state agency would be given three years to disassemble operations at these two feed grounds.

Griebelo said there is no preferred alternative now from the Forest Service, but he did express concerns over the chronic wasting disease that big game are experiencing in western Wyoming and how it can be spread in confined areas.

Additional information and comments on the Dell Creek and Forest Park feed grounds may be submitted under “Comment/Object on Project” at .

See for a complete copy of the Dell Creek & Forest Park Elk Feed grounds: Long-Term Special Use Permit. 

“We asked for another 20 year permit,” Wyoming Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik confirmed in an earlier interview with SVI Media.

Nesvik acknowledged the feeding program is “not a perfect scenario, but the program has continued now for “over 100 years.”

He reported that Game & Fish personnel have been advised to look for opportunities to reduce feeding where possible.

The director acknowledged that curtailing the program would have a “significant impact” on elk, stock producers and landowners in general and it could lead to increased opportunities for the spread of brucellosis on to cattle ranches.

The Forest Park Feed ground is located near  the Box Y Lodge, 33 miles south from Alpine on the Greys River Road.

The Dell Creek Feed ground is approximately four miles east on Dell Creek Road (FS Rd 30600) from Hwy 191/189, in Bondurant.

Elk are fed hay on a daily basis from November to April based on current winter weather conditions.

Let us know what you think!


  1. I personally think the Bridger-Teton National Forrest should renew their lease for feeding the elk. I think that it would be a very bad Idea to not renew the lease. The reason I think this is because the elk have been fed in these feedlots for a very long time. They do not have their old migratory routes anymore so they will not know how to migrate out of the feedlots. Causing the elk to compete with the deer during the winter for survival. Causing a higher mortality rate of which no one in the hunting community likes. And by just getting rid of one feed lot, it will cause the elk to find the other feed lots and they will become overloaded with elk. Causing them to feed more frequently and greater amounts of hay. Compared to having multiple feeding grounds where the elk can be evenly distributed and can be evenly fed. Another reason why it would be bad to get rid of these feeding grounds is all it going to do is drive the elk to find the hay that they are used to eating. Causing them to look for it and will find it in a farmer’s haystack which that farmer relies on for feeding his cows through the winter.

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