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Polis, Neguse call for Biden administration to reverse course on sanctioned bison hunt

The NPS plan is to recruit volunteers to hunt 12 bison in Grand Canyon National Park, where hunting is usually banned.
Credit: (Bryan Maul/National Park Service via AP, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, provided by the National Park Service, bison enter a corral on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz.

DENVER — A pair of Colorado’s most prominent Democrats stand opposed to a National Park Service plan to lethally remove a dozen bison from Grand Canyon National Park, with Gov. Jared Polis backing a last-ditch effort to relocate them to southeast Colorado.

The NPS plan, scheduled to kick off this week, is to recruit volunteers to hunt 12 bison in the park, where hunting is usually banned. The plan is part of an effort to reduce the “rapid growth” of the bison population from the current levels of around 600 down to under 200.

Aside from the 12 bison that will be killed, the NPS plan hopes to reach the reduced level by capturing and relocating some of the bison.

But both Polis and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafeyette, stand opposed to the plan.

> Read the full story at coloradopolitics.com.

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