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Rocky Mountain National Park Elk Culling Program

The last issue of American Hunter had a short article on hunting on various federal land systems. It seems rather haphazard if not outright bizarre and foolish that there is no general rule over all the federal systems regarding hunting. It comes out that some places allow hunting, some places do not, some places could but do not because it would complicate the system or since there has not been hunting, no one is willing to open the area up again, etc. There are lots of excuses and lame reasoning, but no actual decision making, especially from park higher ups. Of course, expecting congress to get their act together and actually do something about this muddled affair is too much to expect. If the park lierarchy had any sense, they would see that hunting could inject a lot of cash into their parks by allowing controlled hunting, without jeopardizing anything except a few ill advised anti-hunting groups.

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On the NBC news broadcast they did a segment on this and raised the options of:

1) Introduce wolves
2) Do nothing
3) Have wildlife officials cull 1000 elk using rifles equiped with silencers

oddly they did not mention

4) Build a fence (like the one at Jackson, WY)
5) Create a damage control hunt.

In the southern Sangre de Cristos recent changes to 3 enormous pieces of land are going to create a similar but worse situation. Recent changes to Taylor Ranch, Baca Ranch, and Sand Dunes Nat'l Park, restricted, eliminated or expanded lands where hunting is off limits. These herds are already out of control. In 5-10 years this will make the problems at Estes Park look trivial by comparison.

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Alamosa wrote:
... rifles equiped with silencers

Send these quys to our nations borders where they might be actually useful.

Sadly I think much of the federal government hates hunting, and hates hunters, but they seem to have no problem at all with `killing'.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Elk Culling Program

I was talking about this with somebody on another forum. Apperantly the problem is they can't allow hunting because it's a National Park and as you are all aware hunting is not allowed in a National Park. It's illegal, so legislation change would need to happen first.

The other option was introduce wolves. So be thankful they won't be doing that.

This is a sad deal. You would think they could grant an exception to hunting or at least trap the elk and ship them elswhere. But then again I have heard CWD has been confirmed in this area so no one else would want the elk.

Sad deal.

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I live in south texas and they allow hunting on the national wildlife refuges to manage game, so why not the national parks? Is there no common sense in government or its emplyees?

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This is a e-mail I recieved from a friend who is on the Commision.......

"The legislation that established Rocky Mountain Park specifies no hunting. If we want to change this we need federal legislation. The Wildlife Commission has no control over hunting in the park just as they had no control over CWD in the park. They can recommend hunting all they want, but until our legislators change the original bill Colorado's hands are tied."

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According to this article there may be some hope for a damage control hunt.

http://www.denverpost.com/charlie/ci_4067103

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Thanks! Alamosa. Maybe there is hope that hunters will get to control the herd, instead of spending 18 Million to have so called "experts" do it. Afterall, the Park might make some money, by letting hunters in.

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