Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

Arizona: Public Comment Being Sought for Bison Management in Grand Canyon National Park

Monday, March 7, 2016

Arizona: Public Comment Being Sought for Bison Management in Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to reduce the herd of bison within the Park as soon as possible and are in the process of determining what tools will be used for that purpose, including capture/removal and sharpshooting.  March 26th is the deadline for public comment.

Bison has been leaving the House Rock Wildlife Area and settling on the Park’s North Rim, which is at the southwest edge of the bison’s historic range. The bison population of 400-600 animals is impacting resources in that area, including water and vegetation.   The Service is proposing to reduce the numbers down to 80-200 animals.

When sharpshooting is used as a method of population control in national parks where hunting is not allowed, the NPS hires sharpshooters.  The NRA has long been an advocate of using licensed hunters as volunteers instead of spending taxpayer’s money to hire the same service.  As a result of several years of discussion with the NPS and the Department of the Interior (DOI), the NPS did use hunters to great success in reducing elk populations in the Rocky Mountain and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks.  However, there is institutional resistance within the NPS to using hunters, including using hunters in the Grand Canyon to reduce the bison population.

Using hunters as sharpshooters has the backing of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, and Congressman Paul Gosar.  Commission Chairman Kurt Davis noted in a press release that the NPS’ management proposal “comes at the continued burden to taxpayers just as the National Park Service is already burdened with more than $11.9 billion in deferred maintenance. Any solution should embrace the most cost-effective and heritage-driven option of using citizen hunters to help manage the growing bison herd.”   

A pair of bi-partisan bills has been introduced to protect the Park’s resources from further bison damage by requiring the DOI and the Commission to coordinate on a plan that allows sportsmen and women with valid state-issued hunting licenses to assist in managing the bison population.

Please take a few minutes to submit comments on line at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grca_bison and express your support for using hunters to assist in herd reduction.

 

TRENDING NOW
Kentucky: Committee to Consider Firearm Seizures Without Due Process

Friday, November 15, 2019

Kentucky: Committee to Consider Firearm Seizures Without Due Process

On Friday, November 22nd, the Kentucky state Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary will consider so called “red-flag laws.” Though no legislation has been introduced, such laws usually allow for Second Amendment rights to be suspended ...

Joe Biden and His Gift for Gaffes

News  

Monday, November 18, 2019

Joe Biden and His Gift for Gaffes

When the Democrats who are seeking their party’s nomination to run against Donald Trump in 2020 start talking about guns, anyone who supports our right to keep and bear arms knows to be concerned. Of ...

Sanders Burns the 2020 Democratic Primary Gun Control Agenda

News  

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sanders Burns the 2020 Democratic Primary Gun Control Agenda

As anti-gun as the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders have exposed themselves to be, much of the field still gives lip-service to the Second Amendment and the Constitution. Take for instance Joe Biden. The leading candidate’s campaign has said that ...

No Protection for the Law that Protects the Firearm Industry: Supreme Court Passes on PLCAA Case

News  

Monday, November 18, 2019

No Protection for the Law that Protects the Firearm Industry: Supreme Court Passes on PLCAA Case

A law designed to protect the firearm industry from frivolous litigation is now in jeopardy thanks to inaction by the U.S. Supreme Court, which earlier this month passed on a petition to review a case ...

Trading Freedom for Safety

News  

Monday, November 18, 2019

Trading Freedom for Safety

“[N]othing is more important than ensuring that our fellow students feel safe,” explained the editors of The Daily Northwestern, the campus newspaper at Northwestern University. The statement was part of a lengthy apology published by the editors, ...

California: City of Carson Pushing Another Unconstitutional Resolution Targeting Lawful Gun Owners

Monday, November 18, 2019

California: City of Carson Pushing Another Unconstitutional Resolution Targeting Lawful Gun Owners

Tomorrow, November 19 at 5pm PST, the Carson City Council will be considering Resolution 19-186, which mirrors the failed attempt from September.  

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Nevada: Gov. Sisolak Signs Anti-Gun Bill

Friday, June 14, 2019

Nevada: Gov. Sisolak Signs Anti-Gun Bill

Ignoring the constitutional rights of law-abiding Nevadans, on June 14th, Governor Steve Sisolak signed omnibus anti-gun Assembly Bill 291 into law.  Your NRA would like to thank the many lawmakers who stood with our members and ...

A New Candidate for Confiscator-in-Chief

News  

Monday, November 11, 2019

A New Candidate for Confiscator-in-Chief

Former Texas Congressman Robert Francis O’Rourke abandoned his run for President last week, once again leaving a void for the most strident anti-gun candidate seeking the Democrat nomination. Even before declaring his candidacy for President, ...

Strong Firearms Preemption Laws are More Important Than Ever

News  

Gun Laws  

Monday, November 11, 2019

Strong Firearms Preemption Laws are More Important Than Ever

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Tremp In recent weeks, gun owners have been given two prime examples of just how important strong firearms preemption laws are to the vibrant exercise of Second Amendment rights. On October ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.