Grand Canyon bison

FILE- In this Aug. 26, 2010, file photo provided by the Kaibab National Forest, bison are seen in the national forest adjacent to the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona. (Kaibab National Forest via AP, File)

GRAND CANYON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for volunteers to kill bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

According to the Department of the Interior, NPS is concerned about the growth of the bison herd in the area of the North Rim and the impact on park resources such as water, vegetation, soils, archaeological sites. NPS said in a press release, “Reducing the herd size will protect the park ecosystem, resources and values.”

Volunteers interested in reducing the amount of Bison at Grand Canyon should click here. Applications will be accepted for 24 hours beginning at 12 a.m. on May 3 through 11:59 p.m. on May 4. 25 applicants will selected to form the pool, of which 12 volunteers will be chosen using a random lottery system.

Volunteers must meet the following guidelines:

  • Be U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older with valid photo ID
  • Have the ability to purchase and pass a background investigation and have no criminal or wildlife violations
  • Self-certify a high level of physical fitness ability
  • Have a firearm safety certification and pass a marksmanship proficiency test (3 of 5 shots in a 4-inch circle at 100 yards)
  • Provide their own equipment, firearm, lodging, food and field dressing supplies. See firearm FAQs.
  • Be available for the entirety of one of the assigned lethal removal operational periods. Individuals may not participate in more than one: Sept. 20-24, 2021; Sept. 27-Oct 1, 2021; Oct. 18-22, 2021; Oct. 25-29, 2021
  • Meet all additional requirements listed on the NPS FAQ page and on the application (the application will be available at www.azbisonstewards.com when the application period opens).

Any questions regarding this project should be sent to: grca_bison_info@nps.gov.

 

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