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A volunteer feeds alfalfa to elk at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. (Submitted photo)

A volunteer feeds alfalfa to elk at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. (Submitted photo)

On the Wild Side
by G.I. Wilson

Want to see a stately, powerful, blue-eyed, blonde? Elk that is.

Visit Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area, just 100 miles from Keizer. No need to drive 300 miles to LaGrande, or 1,000 miles to Jackson Hole to see herds of elk on their wintering grounds. These are Roosevelt elk, not the Rocky Mountain species seen in those other locations.

Volunteers feed alfalfa hay to the Jewel Meadows herds at 9 a.m. seven days a week. This is the best time to see all the elk when they are most active. Miss feeding time and you will probably see most of them resting.

Eric and Sue Hansen, of Corvallis, volunteer to feed the elk for the month of January. They invited Jo and I to join them January 23rd to do the feeding. (Wednesdays are the one day when tourists are not allowed to ride the hay wagon for a tour. When tours are given, Sue drives the tractor pulling the wagon and Eric feeds the elk and gives an educational talk.)

For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 22 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.

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