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Jan 19, 2011 8:18 AM by Bea Karnes

Wildlife agency to feed elk in snowy NW Colorado

MAYBELL, Colo. (AP) - State wildlife officials plan to put out hay for elk in northwestern Colorado where heavy snows are creating competition between elk and livestock for food.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife plans to stack hay in two areas north of the Yampa River near Maybell to reduce the number of elk eating food put out for sheep and cattle. Wildlife officials are trying to minimize ranchers' losses.

The National Weather Service says the 30 inches of snow that fell in Maybell in December is more than twice the monthly average.

Moffat County rancher Darryl Steele tells the Craig Daily Press that about 40 elk were in his pasture Monday and had pushed his horses back from the hay. Steele says he's worried about his horses being injured.

 

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