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On a mid-winter day we drove to the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area on the western slopes of the Coastal Mountains. It’s managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to provide winter habitat and supplemental feeding for wild Roosevelt Elk.
A series of open pastures border a paved road, offering good views of up to 200 Elk during winter and spring.
The following day was forecast to bring a heavy winter storm into the area, but this day was sunny.
We were lucky to arrive as the ODF&W folks were tossing out bales of hay for the elk. And, they were fairly close to the road. They are usually far back from the viewing areas.
On the return drive we spotted a small herd feeding in an open meadow. They provided some nice photo opportunities.