Wildlife group wants cease-fire in Colorado elk culling
DENVER, Colorado ” An environmental group is asking federal officials not to go through with plans to use sharpshooters to thin the elk herds in Rocky Mountain National Park.
WildEarth Guardians says in a letter sent Wednesday that the planned culling would violate a long-standing policy against most firearms in national parks.
The Bush administration repealed the firearms ban, but a gun-control group is suing to have it reinstated.
WildEarth Guardians also says park officials didn’t fully consider the release of wolves to reduce the herds before it decided on sharpshooters.
Park officials approved a plan to shoot a limited number of elk over 20 years because of overgrazing they say has damaged habitat and threatened other species.