Grand Canyon Seeks To Quickly Reduce Population Of Bison

Grand Canyon officials are looking at using sharpshooters, capture and other tools to reduce the number of bison in the national park.

They want the herd at between 80 and 200 animals, down from the 400 to 600 bison now roaming far northern Arizona.

Hunting is prohibited within the park boundaries, but the National Park Service has the authority to kill animals that harm resources using park staff or volunteer hunters.

The agency had announced in 2014 that it’s working on a long-term plan to manage bison with an in-depth environmental review. But it changed course this week and is asking for public comment on a more immediate plan to control bison.

Identical bills in the U.S. House and Senate would let state-licensed hunters shoot the bison and keep the animals’ meat.