Jackson, WY – A bison hunt on the National Elk Refuge in
northwest Wyoming got off to a slow start.
Hunters initially took only two of the 300 bison that officials
hope to cull by December.
A bull bison taken Saturday was the first bison shot on the
refuge since the Fund for Animals successfully sued the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service in 1998 to prohibit hunting there.
Plans are to cull 700 of the herd's roughly 1,200 bison over the
few years to help protect habitat and prevent disease on the
roughly 25,000-acre refuge. Officials hope hunters will harvest 300
animals during this year's hunt.
The hunt started Saturday and could last until December.