Wyoming Governor Dave Fruedenthal is asking the Department of Justice to petition the courts and seek to have an injunction that prohibits hunting bison in the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, lifted. When Wyoming had proposed a bison hunt back in the late 90s, animal rights groups file a lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that manages the refuge, had not thoroughly studied the impact that a bison hunt would have.
This past spring the USFWS delivered a 600-plus page impact statement and now the governor wants the injunction lifted so the bison numbers can be reduced to healthy, manageable numbers. Presently there are around 1,100 bison in the refuge and officials want that number reduced to around 500.