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A small herd of elk has found shelter on a small ranch near the Yampa River. The animals already have begun showing up in suburban neighborhoods across Steamboat Springs in search of food.

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Early winter tough on Yampa Valley elk

Area herd struggles to reach grass through snow base

The abundant early season snow that made Opening Day at Steamboat Ski Area so noteworthy represents grim news for the Yampa Valley’s elk herd. The animals already have begun showing up in suburban neighborhoods within Steamboat Springs city limits this month to feed.

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