SCI Moves to Intervene to Defend Elk Hunting Program in Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton is the only National Park where hunting plays a role in the management of Park wildlife. In 1950, Congress included language in Grand Teton National Park’s enabling statute directing the National Park Service to create an elk management program that uses hunters to maintain healthy elk population numbers. Two photographers want to put an end to this important hunting program. They have sued the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming that the hunt violates the Grand Teton National Park Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
With the assistance of several SCI members who hunt elk in Grand Teton National Park, on December 11, 2014, SCI filed a motion to intervene in the case to defend the hunt. To demonstrate SCI’s interest in the outcome of the lawsuit, SCI provided the court with statements from members about how the hunt provides unique elk hunting opportunities and helps maintain the health of the Jackson Elk Herd. If the court grants SCI’s motion, SCI will join the State of Wyoming in helping to defend the federal government’s administration of the program and management of Grand Teton’s wildlife.