Some changes in Teddy Roosevelt park elk hunt

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The second year of a program to reduce the elk herd in Theodore Roosevelt National Park will start sooner and be two weeks shorter.

Last year, volunteer hunters killed 406 cow elk in the park in western North Dakota.

Park Superintendent Valerie Naylor told the Tribune that an earlier start date in October and two less weeks at the end will eliminate the need to take shooting teams out in January when it can be cold and snowy.

The park hopes to kill at least 250 cow elk again this year as part of a multi-year process to reduce the park herd from around 1,000 animals to 100 or 200.

Another change is that volunteers will only be able to apply for one week, rather than for multiple weeks.