May 6, 2021

Grand Canyon lottery to kill bison gathers 45,000 entries

Over 45,000 people have applied to cull bison in the Grand Canyon after the US National Park Service requested volunteers to help with overpopulation. After being vetted by park officials for skills including marksmanship, 12 people will be given the opportunity to kill a bison in the park's North Rim area. Officials say the pilot programme is required after the herd rapidly grew to 600 bison in recent years. Before being hunted to near-extinction in the 19th Century, bison roamed across much of the continent. According to historians, the North Rim herd was introduced to the area after a frontiersman's failed attempt to interbreed bison with cattle in the early 1900s.

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