Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Elk harvest out of hand

In the early 1990s I hunted elk in the Gardiner area. At that time the number of elk in what they called the Northern Herd was pushing 30,000 head.
Then in 1995 wolves were reintroduced, grizzly bears were protected and of course flourished. Hunters and outfitters have been hunting steadily since and do not want the number of available hunting tags reduced.
Now there are out-of-state Indian tribes legally harvesting elk as they migrate out of the park as stated in an 1800s treaty agreement. Now the numbers of elk in the Northern elk herd as I understand are just under 5,000 animals.
The only solution I can see is to let the bears, wolves, hunters, outfitters and tribes finish off the Northern Herd. Maybe then with no prey, the grizzlies and the wolves will wipe out each other.
The tribes, hunters and outfitters will go home. Then the federal wildlife and parks can reintroduce elk back into the Park as they did with the wolves in 1995.
Steve Bue
Reed Point