Grand Teton Elk Hunt Under Attack!

elkmtnsbgTwo photographers have filed a lawsuit against the federal government in an effort to stop the annual elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  The annual elk reduction program has been part of Grand Teton’s management since 1950.  SCI’s Litigation team is currently investigating whether to recommend that SCI should intervene in the case to defend the hunt.  In order to do so, SCI needs assistance from members that have hunted elk in Grand Teton previously and/or plan to do so in the future.  If you are willing to provide a written statement that will be submitted to the court, please contact Anna Seidman, SCI Director of Litigation, at aseidman@safariclub.org.

SCI routinely advocates for the use of hunting as a wildlife population control measure on National Parks.  The Grand Teton elk reduction program is a critical and necessary part of the Park’s management plan for the Jackson elk herd.  It is important that this sustainable-use program continues now and into the future.

SCI also recently commented on a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the National Elk Refuge, which adjoins Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and hosts elk from the same herd.  SCI supported the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to increase elk hunting opportunities on the refuge.  Among other things, SCI recommended that the Service provide additional opportunities for bull elk hunts and develop a youth elk hunting program as expeditiously as possible.  Like the Grand Teton elk reduction, hunting on the refuge is an important sustainable-use tool that the federal government uses to manage the Jackson elk herd.

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