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March 6, 2014 at 6:40 PM

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Rocky Mountain elk gather in late winter


MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Winter feeding is under way in the L.T. Murray wildlife area west of Ellensburg where nearly 800 Rocky Mountain elk have gathered due to the recent late snowfall. Watt Canyon Road is closed for the winter to keep the herd together without a lot of human interaction. Most years the elk show up in December but because of the lack of snow earlier this winter the feeding program did not start until mid-February.

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Elk wander to the feeding area in the L.T. Murray wildlife area west of Ellensburg.

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Hundreds of elk are in the feeding in the L.T. Murray wildlife area.

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Elk cover the hillside as they feed in the L.T. Murray wildlife area.

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Most years the elk show up in December but because of the lack of snow earlier this winter the feeding program did not start until mid-February.

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