MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The National Park Service says it will need a limited elk reduction in Theodore Roosevelt National Park based on numbers from September's elk collaring study.
A recent count by staff biologists indicated that between 215 and 300 elk reside in the park's south unit. Park officials say a limited reduction will be necessary this year to ensure that future population growth remains within the target range of 100 to 400 animals.
A limited number of elk will be removed by park staff from October 30 through December 6. The south unit's backcountry trails will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the time period.
Meat from the animals taken will be packed out of the park and donated to local Native American tribes and Sportsman Against Hunger.