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Winter elk feeding begins at Washington’s Oak Creek Wildlife Area

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provides daily winter feedings to the elk that congregate at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area to keep them from having to migrate to lower elevations and neighboring farms to forage. It's a program designed to keep a historically uneasy peace between farmers and these big, majestic animals in the snow-dusted hills west of Yakima. (Associated Press)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provides daily winter feedings to the elk that congregate at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area to keep them from having to migrate to lower elevations and neighboring farms to forage. It's a program designed to keep a historically uneasy peace between farmers and these big, majestic animals in the snow-dusted hills west of Yakima. (Associated Press)

WILDLIFE – The bounty of elk in the Yakima region is on display at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area’s feeding station west of Naches.

The annual winter elk feeding is underway by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Tours of the feed site are scheduled to begin after Christmas.

The feeding station is at 16601 U.S. Highway 12, which is about 6.5 miles west of Naches. The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Feedings begin at 1:30 p.m.

Info: (509) 653-2390.

While you're there, a feeding station for bighorn sheep is just down the road toward Naches on the old Naches highway.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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