On Monday a federal court lifted an injunction banning the hunting of bison at the National Elk Refuge outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Fund for Animals had filed a lawsuit nearly 10 years ago to stop a planned hunt as part of the bison management plan. Now that the injunction has been lifted, the plan will be put into effect and hunters can begin taking bison this year.
Currently there are approximately 1,200 bison in the refuge and officials say ideally that number should range around 500. Refuge manager Steve Kallin says he hopes that hunters can take around 300 bison beginning September 15. The hunt may last into December depending on success of the hunt.
Hunters wishing to hunt bison should have already applied for the draw. Results of that draw are available online at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website.