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As CWD looms, Wyoming threads feedground risks

JACKSON — After years of deliberation, Wyoming has a plan for one of the longest-standing – and most controversial – wildlife management practices in the Cowboy State: feeding elk and maintaining elk feedgrounds.

Though Idaho and Montana have eliminated elk feeding programs, except in emergency situations, Wyoming has continued to lay out feedlines for wintering wapiti.

The state feeds elk to maintain population numbers and entice elk to winter away from private land, where they can cause property damage, eat ranchers’ hay, and spread diseases like brucellosis to wildlife.

But when elk are fed...