Grand Teton revises elk hunt after grizzly run-ins

Grand Teton revises elk hunt after grizzly run-ins

Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Grand Teton revises elk hunt after grizzly run-ins

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 3:52 PM

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Grand Teton National Park will close off to hunting an area where a grizzly bear mauled an elk hunter in 2011 and where a group of elk hunters killed a grizzly that charged them last fall.

Park officials on Wednesday announced several other changes to Grand Teton's policies for its annual fall elk hunt. Grand Teton is among just a few national parks that allow hunting.

Grand Teton also will limit the amount of ammunition hunters may carry. The idea is to encourage hunters to make well-placed shots that kill elk instead of just wound them.

Wounded elk can become targets for the park's growing population of grizzly bears. Both grizzlies involved in encounters with hunters over the past two years were feeding on elk carcasses at the time.

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