Elk Maintenance Efforts Complete for the Year
Contact: Eileen Andes, 701-623-4466
The maintenance phase of managing the elk population in Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been completed for this year. A total of 69 elk were removed by park staff between October 30 and December 6.
The park has reduced elk numbers in accordance with the Elk Management Plan, which was finalized in 2010. This was the third year of the reduction.
"The elk removal effort was successful again this year," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor.
The backcountry in the South Unit, which was closed three days per week during the elk removal effort, is now open to visitors all of the time.
Meat from the animals taken during the maintenance phase was packed out of the park and
More information about the Elk Management Plan is available on the park's website at
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