Teddy Roosevelt park elk hunt deemed a success

Associated Press

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The first year of an elk reduction project at Theodore Roosevelt National Park has wrapped up, with the goal of removing 250 elk from the western North Dakota park surpassed.

Park spokeswoman Eileen Andes says 406 elk were killed inside the park. State wildlife officials say another 129 were killed in hunting units adjacent to the park during the regular elk hunting season.

The special hunt inside the park was aimed at reducing the herd to a more manageable size. It was conducted by Park Service-led teams of shooters, and began last October. Most of the meat was donated to food pantries and American Indian tribes.

The culling effort is expected to cost more than $1 million over five years.