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Grand Canyon Bison Management Act approved

11/25/2015

NORTH VALLEY – The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a bill to allow the Arizona The Commission thanked U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake for carrying this bill and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for supporting the commonsense initiative, Davis added.

“We are grateful that the Committee has passed our bill with bipartisan support, bringing us one step closer to addressing the Grand Canyon’s unmanageable bison problem,” Sens. McCain and Flake said in a joint statement.

Wildlife surveys estimate that about 600 bison have migrated into the Grand Canyon National Park where hunting is prohibited. The park has since become a safe haven for the exploding bison population, which has led to overgrazing and damage to the Grand Canyon’s natural resources.

“While current regulations require the park to spend taxpayer dollars to contract out culling services to sharpshooters, our bill would tap volunteer hunters who are eager to help maintain the environmental health of Grand Canyon National Park at no expense to the taxpayer,” McCain and Flake said. “We look forward to working with our colleagues to include this bill in the larger Sportsmen’s legislation as it advances through Congress.”

An identical version of the act sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar cleared the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee in October. The House version is co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, Kyrsten Sinema, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, and Trent Franks.

In addition to gaining bipartisan support in the House, the bill was supported by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee members Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).