Elk Reduction to Begin at Grand Teton
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park's annual elk reduction program is scheduled to begin Saturday.
Officials say congressional legislation passed in 1950, designating Grand Teton a national park, allowed the "controlled reduction" of elk in the park. Wyoming-licensed hunters can apply for a limited quota to hunt in two areas of the park.
The program is part of an effort that includes winter feeding on the National Elk Refuge and in the upper Gros Ventre drainage. Most Jackson elk fed in the refuge spend the summer in, or migrate through, Grand Teton National Park.
The program targets elk from three primary herd segments: Grand Teton, southern Yellowstone National Park and the Teton Wilderness area of Bridger-Teton National Forest.