Discussion Update: Should Hunters Thin Park Herds?

We've been discussing this question off and on since early in the year. As we left it, the Park Service appeared to have the authority to allow private hunters to cull elk in Colorado's Rocky Mountain, North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt, and South Dakota's Wind Cave National Parks. It was unclear, however, whether they would even consider it.

That has now changed.

From the Rocky Mountain News:
_The U.S. Department of the Interior said it is considering allowing qualified hunters to help reduce the overpopulated elk herd at Rocky Mountain National Park, U.S. Rep. Mark Udall said Friday. . . .

A letter from Michael D. Snyder, the regional director of the Park Service's Intermountain Region . . . says that the agency is reviewing its options for culling activity that includes "tribes, contractors and qualified volunteers."_