Apparently RMNP wants to cull the elk herd in our park with night vision equipped sharp shooters. The cost is estimated at $18 million over 20 years.
I think this is nutty. They could allow limited hunting in some parts of the park and turn the hunts into a revenue stream rather than a liability.
If safety is an issue, they could close some parts of the park to visitors in october or november specifically just to keep the hunting safe. For extra safety they could limit it to just primitive hunting (bows, crossbows, muzzleloaders).
Apparently human hunting is taboo since the parks are supposed to be some sort of "natural" ecosystem on a different plane than the rest of the environment. Personally I consider night vision sharp shooters less natural than annual hunting by people.
I enjoy and respect the national park system but the hunting ban needs to be re-evaluated.