Bismarck, N.D. (AP) – Gov. John Hoeven and North Dakota Game and
Fish Director Terry Steinwand want the National Park Service to
clarify whether volunteer shooters who would help reduce the
bloated elk herd in Theodore Roosevelt National Park would be able
to keep the meat.
The Park Service’s proposal released earlier this month calls
for teams of shooters including volunteers – a method pushed by
Hoeven, Steinwand and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.
Dorgan has praised the plan as a victory for common sense in a
state with a rich hunting heritage, but Hoeven and Steinwand say
they’re not yet convinced the plan is acceptable.
The Park Service’s proposal says the meat would be donated to
state agencies, American Indian tribes or charities. Dorgan says
he’s been told by the Park Service that it would be up to the state
to decide whether to turn some of the meat over to the volunteer
Bill Whitworth, the park’s chief of resource management, said
earlier that once state officials had the meat, “it would be kind
of up to them where to go from there.”