Coast Range, CORONAVIRUS, Wildlife

Jewell Meadows wagon tours cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

Roosevelt elk at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Photo by Jim Yuskavitch.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that public tours for the 2020-2021 elk feeding season at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

"Given current Covid-19 restrictions and the inability to practice social distancing on the wagons used on the tour, ODFW determined it cannot conduct a quality elk feeding tour while maintaining the safety of participants, staff, and volunteer hosts this season," the state agency said in a press release on Monday, November 9.

For some, the tours have been a holiday tradition beginning on December 1 through the end of February, with participants piling on wagons at the 1,114-acre reserve located . . .

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