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National park in Colorado is looking for sharpshooters to kill elk

A bull elk grazes at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – More than a decade after Rocky Mountain National Park used marksmen to kill elk to protect the park from an overpopulation of the iconic animal, another national park in Colorado is using the same strategy.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it is seeking qualified sharpshooters to cull elk in Great Sand Dunes National Park and National Wildlife Refuges in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado as part of an elk dispersal project set to go through February 2023.

Rocky Mountain National Park used trained volunteers to shoot 52 elk in the park from 2009 to 2011 as part of its 20-year Elk and Vegetation Management Plan launched in 2009, according to park spokesperson Kyle Patterson. The plan also implemented other methods of reducing elk’s impact on the landscape.

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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