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The National Park Service (NPS) plans bison roundups in the Grand Canyon and is looking for people who are good with guns to help kill the animals and thin the herd.
Six-hundred bison are now in the Grand Canyon area and wildlife experts say that number must be reduced to 200 to maintain a sustainable habitat.
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According to USA Today, wildlife experts fear the 600 bison currently present could grow to 1,500 or more in 10 years if unchecked. To prevent this, the NPS plans a lottery to select hunters who will be allowed to shoot bison as part of thinning the herd. “The Grand Canyon is still working out details of the volunteer effort, but it’s taking cues from national parks in Colorado, the Dakotas and Wyoming that have used shooters to cut overabundant or diseased populations of elk.”
Bison outside the Grand Canyon area are hunted each year, but the park area is off limits to hunters and that is where the 600 bison are living. NPS’s plan would allow hunting...
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