Describes how the Boy Scouts of Jackson, Wyoming, gather antlers every year and auction them off in order to raise money needed to buy food to feed the elk during the lean months of winter when the animals would typically starve to death due to the lack of available grazing land.
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Grade 3-5?Each year, the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, collect antlers shed by the male elk of the nearby National Elk Refuge. This event, which culminates in the Great Antler Auction, serves as a fund raiser for the purchase of feed for the hungry herd during the harsh winter months. The text explains how the human settlement of the frontier has greatly diminished the animals' access to fertile feeding grounds. This disturbance in their natural migratory patterns resulted in mass starvation until the people of Jackson intervened. The Scouts have assumed responsibility for this proud local tradition, volunteering their time to collect, sort, and sell the increasingly valuable antlers. The simple, brief text is highlighted by captioned, full-color photographs depicting both the humans and wildlife. Additional sections are devoted to the potential uses of antlers and to a discussion of the ecological debate surrounding human intervention in the elks' survival. A fascinating account of community/animal partnership.?Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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Gr. 4-7. Every year in Jackson, Wyoming, Boy Scouts comb the National Elk Refuge to collect antlers for public auction. They sort the antlers into sets, bundles, and trailers to get them ready for sale. The elk auction is the only one of its kind in the world, and people come from all over the country to buy. The proceeds are used in part to purchase winter food for the elk. The book describes the life of the elk, the history of the refuge, and the many uses that buyers make of the antlers. The hard issues of human intervention with nature are explored. Vivid color photos on each page and a glossary make for easy reading. The presentation of this book will spark interest in animal lovers of an even wider age range. A list of further readings is appended. Susan DeRonne
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Book Description Atheneum, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689801319
Book Description Atheneum, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689801319