Categories: NewsPoliticsWildlife

Game & Fish makes last ditch effort to stop Grand Teton’s goat cull

JACKSON, Wyo. — The head of Wyoming Game and Fish made a last-minute plea to his counterpart in charge of the Grand Teton NP to stop a planned eradication of mountain goats by aerial gunning, scheduled to begin today.

Game and Fish director Brian Nesvik again called for the stop to the mountain goat culling in Grand Teton National Park. The park intends to begin mountain goat removal today and through the weekend.

In a phone call to Gopaul Noojibail, acting Grand Teton Park superintendent, Game and Fish made a third request to stop aerial gunning to remove mountain goats from the Targhee herd.

“While we recognize Grand Teton National Park’s efforts to address the expansion of mountain goats in native bighorn sheep ranges, the department has been consistent in voicing our opposition to the use of aerial lethal removal,” Nesvik said.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission passed a resolution in Jan. 2020 condemning the use of aerial gunning to manage goats and urged Grand Teton to use skilled volunteers as the removal method. In a letter dated Jan. 28, 2019, the Department formally recommended the Park to use skilled volunteers for mountain goat removal.

“Game and Fish continues to hear from the public loud disapproval of the Park’s selected method of removal,” Nesvik said. “I have again asked the acting superintendent to use skilled volunteers because it aligns with the public’s desires for acceptable methods of removal while allowing the park to achieve their objectives to reduce mountain goat populations.”

Recent Posts

One22 launches $2 million 22Helps campaign for COVID-19 financial relief

JACKSON, Wyo.— One22 Resource Center today launched 22Helps, a campaign to raise $2 million for… Read More

13 hours ago

Snowmobiler killed in Palisades avalanche

VICTOR, Ida. — Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue, and Air Idaho Rescue recovered… Read More

13 hours ago

State health orders extended through April 30

WYOMING — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced today he and State Health Officer Alexia Harrist… Read More

1 day ago

Police Log: Recent calls for service

JACKSON, Wyo. — Here are some recent calls for service in Teton County/Jackson from the… Read More

1 day ago

How has COVID-19 impacted your life? Historical Society invites you to share your story

JACKSON, Wyo. — The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted every single person’s life in some… Read More

2 days ago

New survey shows COVID-19 impact on Wyoming

WYOMING — A new survey from University of Wyoming's Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) suggests… Read More

2 days ago