March 2003 Poll:
Should Hunting Be Allowed In National Parks?
National parks like Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Park are popular tourism destinations and regions of unparalleled natural beauty. However in recent years the elk populations in these two parks have begun to soar causing over-grazing and possibly creating a breeding ground for chronic wasting disease.
There is little debate among biologists that the elk count needs to go down; however there is considerable disagreement about how to achieve these herd reductions. Solutions ranging from wolves, to contraceptives, to federal sharp shooters have been proposed. Notably absent from these suggestions is hunting by the general public.
Should hunting be allowed in National Parks such as Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Park?
Some articles on the issue:
Nurture at odds with nature in Rocky Mt. National Park