Wildlife Area to Close for Elk Migration

<p>Colockum Elk Herd</p>

Colockum Elk Herd

For a fourth year in a row the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to close two state wildlife areas in Kittitas County where a large herd of elk spend the winter.

The Colockum Elk herd winters on 44,000 acres from Vantage heading west to the edge of the forest.
The Whiskey Dick and Quilomene wildlife areas are owned by the state and are popular with hunters and hikers.

The closure is effective February through the end of April.

Wildlife officials hope to protect the 4500 animal herd from noise disturbances and keep them from roaming into farmers fields.