National Park Plans to Cull Its Herd of Elk

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A plan expected to be approved by the US National Park Service blames Rocky Mountain National Park’s herds of elk for ecological degradation in the park and will mandate the killing of 200 of the animals each year starting in 2009. National Park Service officials say hired sharpshooters will attempt to mimick hunting by wolves – which naturally culled herds until their widespread demise – by taking out old, weak and sick elk.