Governor Jared Polis opposes fatal bison removal from Grand Canyon National Park, says part of herd could be brought to Colorado – CBS Denver
(CBS4) – Two of Colorado’s elected leaders join others in opposing a plan to kill part of a bison herd in Grand Canyon National Park. That includes Governor Jared Polis, who released a statement Tuesday suggesting that the National Park Service should allow some of the animals that are allowed to be hunted to be brought to Colorado instead.
The bison herd is located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. There are over 300 animals there, and a plan to cull the herd is expected to start this week and continue until the end of October.
More than 45,000 people have signed up for the opportunity to kill the animals and the Republic of Arizona reported that 3,306 of those were from Colorado.
In total, only 12 people were chosen. Each will have specific guidelines that they will follow as the buffalo hunt takes place, and each person will only be entitled to one kill. They will also be required to remove the carcass from the area where it was slaughtered on foot, and there is no guarantee that they will be able to keep the animal whole.
Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District last week, sent a letter to Home Secretary Deb Haaland announcing his objection to the planned slaughter of animals, which is done “to protect the park’s resources from the impacts of the bison population,” according to the NPS.
In its Tuesday announcement, Polis proposed that 12 animals from the Arizona herd could be brought to Colorado to the Southern Plains Land Trust in Bent County, where they could “live and roam free.”