“The National Park Service officials say bison have been trampling on archaeological and other resources, and spoiling the water.” F. Fonseca, ICT, May 6, 2021
Excerpt: Bison shooting opportunity at Grand Canyon draws 45k applicants, By Felicia Fonseca, ICT, May 6, 2021
“More than 45,000 people are vying for one of a dozen spots to help thin a herd of bison at Grand Canyon National Park.
The odds aren’t as good as drawing a state tag to hunt the massive animals beyond the boundaries of the Grand Canyon, but they’re far better than getting struck by lightning or winning the Powerball.
The National Park Service opened a rare opportunity for skilled shooters to kill bison at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim where officials say they’ve been trampling on archaeological and other resources, and spoiling the water.
Potential volunteers had 48 hours — until midnight Tuesday — to apply. The opportunity drew 45,040 applicants, about 15 percent of which were Arizona residents. About one-third of the applicants were from Texas, California, Colorado and Utah, said Larry Phoenix, a regional supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The department will select 25 names through a lottery, vet them and forward finalists to the park service. The first 12 who to submit a packet of information requested by the park service will be part of the volunteer program in the fall, Grand Canyon spokeswoman Kaitlyn Thomas said Wednesday.” The volunteers who are selected will find out May 17.
The work is expecting to be grueling, done on foot at elevations of 8,000 feet or higher at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Volunteers can’t use motorized transportation or stock animals to retrieve the bison that can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and will have to field dress them with help from a support crew. Snow could also be a factor.”
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Native Artist Quincy Tahoma (1921–1956) was a Navajo painter from Arizona and New Mexico. Tahoma means “Water Edge”. As a young boy he became familiar with many religious and traditional chants and rituals. He also was known for creating “sand paintings.” As a boy he spent much of his time hunting and fishing, and later in life he drew much of his artistic inspiration from his boyhood experiences. Wikipedia
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