More than 45,000 people volunteered Kill 12 bison in Grand Canyon National Park in the United States, as part of An unprecedented program to regulate the population growth of this animalFriday, it announced the National Park Service (NPS).
He said Bison could damage “water resources, plants and park soil” and threaten archaeological sites if they grow too many. France Press agency Caitlin Thomas, a NPS spokeswoman, added that “Herd size reduction” allows for “ecosystem protection”.
In order to respond to this problem, Arizona authorities launched the Grand Canyon in early MayCall for nominations to find twelve volunteers willing to participate in the process.
Dependent 45,000 applications were received in just two days, 25 finalists will be selected and 12 finalists will be selected before May 17.
Each of them would be authorized to kill a bison, which must then be able to “leave the area on foot, without the aid of a motorized vehicle,” which is not permitted in this area.And the He points to NPS, the federal agency responsible for managing the great landscapes of the United States.
To be eligible to participate, volunteers must be US citizens of legal age, “in very good physical condition,” You have your own rifle, And receiving training and “strong verbal communication skills,” NPS continued.
Animal cadavers will be distributed among the volunteers “Any portion that volunteers do not want will be handed over to the tribal governments of the eleven tribes traditionally associated with the Grand Canyon National Park.”The spokeswoman said.
The initiative was a great success, although it did not surprise Thomas, who suspected it “would generate a lot of interest”. “When the program started, the park received hundreds of emails and calls from people asking for more information about how to register,” he says.
NPS advises, however, that this is not a stalking, as the process is controlled by park authorities and is not conducted for recreational or private purposes.
Since 2019, the park has also picked up bison for transport to other areas. he thinks that Between 400 and 600 bison currently live in the northern part of Grand Canyon Park.
Within ten years, specialists estimate that its population could triple, to nearly 1,500 animals.
Such a program is unprecedented in the Grand Canyon, but according to Thomas, Similar measures have been implemented in other national parks to combat “overcrowding of moose or goats”.
With information from Agence France-Presse