REFER TO:

DAN HUFF, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, (303) 236-8145 ext. 605

STEVE IOBST, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4 and 5, 2001 Informational Meetings on Topics Related to Bison and Elk Planning

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service will host informational meetings on key topics related to the development of the bison and elk management plan for the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park on May 4 and 5. The meetings, which focus on the existing and historical conditions of four topics, will be held at the Teton County Commissioners Chambers in Jackson, Wyoming.

Each of four sessions will begin with presentations by technical experts and special interest group representatives, to be followed by 1-1/2 to 2 hours of questions and answers and discussion with panel members.

Friday, May 4

8:30-12:30 Bison and Elk Habitat: historical conditions, management, current conditions, and trends

1:30-5:30 Bison and Elk Populations: historical conditions, management, current conditions, and trends

Saturday, May 5

8:30-1:00 Bison and Elk Diseases: history, management, current conditions and trends and potential risks

2:00-6:00 Winter Feeding: history, rationale, current operations, and beneficial and adverse effects

For additional information, please contact Assistant Project Leader, Don DeLong at the National Elk Refuge (307-733-9212 x 235) or visit the website at http://nationalelkrefuge.fws.gov/