JACKSON, (AP) - Today marks the opening of elk hunts in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge in northwest Wyoming. Grand Teton is mandated by federal law to conduct an elk reduction program, when necessary, for the conservation of the elk population in Jackson Hole.
Wyoming-licensed hunters can get permits to hunt in certain areas of the park. A park permit temporarily deputizes the hunters as park rangers, giving them the authority to take one elk. The park hunt ends December 6th. The National Elk Refuge holds a limited-range weapons hunt to reduce herd numbers to population objectives. This year, the elk hunting season on the refuge ends December 13th.