Groups seek suspension of Elk Refuge bison hunt
Jackson, WY – Two organizations and a private citizen
have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wyoming Game
and Fish Department to suspend a bison hunt on the National Elk
Refuge in northwest Wyoming.
In a letter to the agencies, the Animal Welfare Institute, the
Buffalo Field Campaign and a Jackson resident said the hunt
violates federal and state laws and procedures.
The hunt began last Saturday and is expected to last for several
months. State officials hope the hunting culls about 300 bison from
the 1,200 bison herd this year.
Officials say the bison need to be culled because they are
pushing much-smaller elk off the refuge's artificial feed lines and
damaging the habitat.