Grand Teton Elk Hunt Begins Saturday

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2  Updated at 3:25 pm, October 1st, 2012 By: Managing Editor
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(JACKSON, Wyo.) – Hunting season in Grand Teton National Park begins Saturday. Park officials say tags for the animals are being made available to applicants with Wyoming hunting licenses. Grand Teton is normally off limits to hunting, but surplus elk herds have prompted authorities to implement reduction quotas in two areas of the park. Non-hunting visitors are being encouraged to stay in areas west of the Snake River, away from designated hunting zones. 

 

  • tcmayo

    Grand Teton National Park is knowingly failing to comply with federal law which requires Park hunters to be “qualified and experience hunters”

  • tcmayo

    Grand Teton National Park is knowingly failing to comply with federal law which requires Park hunters to be “qualified and experience hunters” (see portion of legislation below) putting park visitors at extreme and unreasonable risk.

    …After the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and the National Park Service shall have recommended to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Wyoming in any specified year a plan, which has received the joint approval of the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Wyoming, calling for the controlled and managed reduction by the method prescribed herein of the number of elk within the Grand Teton National Park established by this Act, and after the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission shall have transmitted to the Secretary of the Interior a list of persons who have elk hunting licenses issued by the State of Wyoming and who are qualified and experienced hunters, on or before July 1 of that year the Secretary of the Interior, without charge, shall cause to be issued orders deputizing the persons whose names appear on such list, in the number specified by the plan, as rangers for the purpose of entering the park and assisting in the controlled reduction plan. Each such qualified hunter, deputized as a ranger, participating in the controlled reduction plan shall be permitted to remove from the park the carcass of the elk he has killed as a part of the plan. (16 U.S.C. § 673c.)

    Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Scott and National Park Service Regional Director Wessels both received the following: I was able to secure a 2012 Area 75 elk license, a Wyoming Hunter Education Certification and become a Grand Teton National Park deputized without any QUALIFICATION, without any hunting EXPERIENCE, without ever FIRING A GUN and without ever providing IDENTIFICATION. It will be undisputed negligence on your part in the event a visitor is killed or injured due to circumstances caused by your failure to insure that your deputized rangers are “qualified and experienced hunters.”