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North Dakota, tribe to collaborate on Standing Rock elk season

The widespread extermination of wolves and cougars early last century meant elk herds that the carnivores prey on were able to grow in size. The swollen herds ate away willow plants and other vegetation along the park's streams, causing erosion damage, a recent study says.

FORT YATES, N.D. — State and tribal authorities will collaborate on an elk hunting season within the Standing Rock Reservation in southwestern North Dakota.

Gov. Doug Burgum and Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault signed a memorandum of understanding on the new elk season Tuesday.

The agreement was developed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the Standing Rock Game, Fish and Wildlife Department.

Burgum says the new elk season “is the right thing for landowners, tribal members, wildlife and North Dakota hunting enthusiasts.”

The agreement establishes an elk hunting unit and emphasizes coordination among tribal and state wildlife officials and private landowners.

Archambault says the agreement establishes a single season on the reservation that is consistent for all hunters, and could lead to future collaboration on other hunting seasons.

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