Elk antler auction in Wyoming raises over $186,000
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An elk antler auction in Wyoming raised money for a wildlife refuge and the Boy Scouts.
Saturday’s annual auction in Jackson brought in over $186,000 from the sale of more than 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) of antlers.
Male elk naturally drop their antlers each year. Local scouts gathered hundreds of antlers shed on the National Elk Refuge.
Bidders paid an average of almost $17 per pound for antlers this year. That’s down from last year’s average but well above the 10-year average.
Refuge officials say local scouts keep 25% of the proceeds and 75% goes to the refuge for wildlife habitat projects.