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    Wanted: Volunteer shooters to thin Grand Canyon bison herd

    The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources.
    Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the adjacent forest. Within the Grand Canyon, shooters would be selected through a lottery to help bring the number of bison roaming the far northern reaches of the park to no more than 200 within three to five years.
    About 600 of the animals now live in the region, and biologists say the bison numbers could hit 1,500 within 10 years if left uncontrolled.
    The Grand Canyon is still working out details of the volunteer effort, but it's taking cues from national parks in Colorado, the Dakotas and Wyoming that have used shooters to cut overabundant or diseased populations of elk. The Park Service gave final approval to the bison reduction plan this month.
    Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club says she's hopeful Grand Canyon will focus mostly on non-lethal removal.
    The Grand Canyon bison are descendants of those introduced to northern Arizona in the early 1900s as part of a ranching operation to crossbreed them with cattle. The state of Arizona now owns them and has an annual draw for tags on the Kaibab National Forest. Nearly 1,500 people applied for one of 122 tags this year, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
    The bison have been moving in recent years within the Grand Canyon boundaries where open hunting is prohibited. Park officials say they're trampling on vegetation and spoiling water resources. The reduction plan would allow volunteers working in a team with a Park Service employee to shoot bison using non-lead ammunition to protect endangered California condors that feed on gut piles.
    Hunters cannot harvest more than one bison in their lifetime through the state hunt, making the volunteer effort intriguing, they say.
    "I would go if I had a chance to retain a portion of the meat," said Travis McClendon, a hunter in Cottonwood. "It definitely would be worth going, especially with a group."

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    For real? I'll have to send this to my brother.

    I really need to get another chest freezer. We're about to butcher 50 or so chickens, have a hog coming in December, and that doesn't even account for deer hunting season. Plus we haven't polished off the steer we butchered last year.

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    It will be difficult to relocate them. Those bison have cross-bred too much with cattle. I thinking culling is the better option.


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    It does seem necessary. I fully expect them to open up some kind of bear hunting lottery around me. They are everywhere. I had one step right out in front of me when I was walking up my street last week. I think he was as surprised to see me as I was to see him.

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    I posted this to my brother's FB page. He's filling out an app, as are several friends. They all meet the qualifications to a T.

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