To feed, or not to feed, that is the question – at least a question wildlife officials in Wyoming are having to ponder. And why? Because no one knows how best to manage the government’s elk feeding program in the Teton National Forest. On the one hand, many believe it is important to bring food to the animals so that their numbers remain healthy, especially during the region’s harsh winters. But on the other hand, efforts to feed elk tend to congregate them and thus disease is more easily spread to other nearby elk, buffalo and cattle herds. With the first-ever reported case of chronic wasting disease in nearby Yellowstone Park, time will tell whether the controversy surrounding the state’s elk feeding program will keep hoofing right along.

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