Colorado national park seeks snipers to kill elk

FORT COLLINS, Colorado. – More than a decade after Rocky Mountain National Park used snipers to kill elk to protect the park from an overpopulation of the iconic animal, another national park in Colorado is using the same strategy.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it is looking for trained snipers to take down elk in Great Sand Dunes National Park and National Wildlife Refuges in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado in the part of an elk dispersal project that is expected to continue until February 2023.

Rocky Mountain National Park used trained volunteers to cull 52 elk in the park from 2009 to 2011 as part of its 20-year elk and vegetation management plan launched in 2009, according to the spokesperson for the park, Kyle Patterson. The plan also implemented other methods to reduce the impact of elk on the landscape.

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