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Park bull

Yellowstone bull elk are selected by wolves after the rut in the park, and by hunters with the right tag outside the park.

JACKSON (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials have introduced a detailed plan for review to scale back elk and bison feeding days by 50 percent.

The Jackson Hole News&Guide reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially released the draft “step-down” plan Monday.

Wildlife officials say the plan was intended to reduce elk numbers and make the animals more reliant on native vegetation, which includes strategies to wean elk off alfalfa.

Officials say the plan details feeding the elk later and ending the alfalfa handouts earlier to draw fewer elk to feedgrounds on the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson.

Officials say the plan is not open to being altered through the current public review process, but an accompanying environmental assessment is.

Deadline for comments are due to the refuge by Oct. 30.

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