The national park will again allow ‘qualified volunteers’ to shoot exotic mountain goats that threaten a small, native herd of bighorn sheep.
After conservationists bought out sheep grazers, stock growers want more acreage, cattle, in national forest where conflicts with grizzly bears have been acute.
After randomly selecting teams of skilled shooters, Park Service is ready to let them kill as many mountain goats as possible to protect bighorn sheep.
In the Owl Creek drainage near Thermopolis, where a rancher and the Game and Fish Department have clashed over wildlife, officials hope an early hunt will protect a wild herd from disease-bearing livestock.
After Gov. Gordon rips National Park Service, Interior Secretary intervenes to halt aerial shoot, the outcome of which remains secret.