By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
Last month we told you hunting was rejected as a management tool for bison in Grand Canyon National Park by the US Park Service in its Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) (see Article 4082
). We reported, "The NPS notes that hunting is prohibited in national parks except where specifically mandated by federal statutory law (36 CFR 2.2). This is a park service regulation and congress can certainly override it." We also predicted that congress would weigh in on the issue and the antis would "howl and sue."
The ink barely dried on our July issue when Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar introduced the bipartisan Grand Canyon Bison Management Act, which would require the US Department of the Interior (Park Service) to coordinate management with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and utilize volunteer sportsmen holding a valid state-issued hunting license to cull bison in the park.
At present, there appears to be more than 600 bison in the park. The Park Service objective is to reduce the herd to less than 200 as quickly as possible....