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Updated Sep 15, 2013 - 9:27 am

Grand Canyon removing grass that attracts elk

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — The lawns surrounding hotels and
lodges at the Grand Canyon are being removed as part of a plan to keep elk and
visitors away from each other.

Elk regularly jam up the park’s road, graze on the lawns and can become
aggressive, particularly during the fall rutting season.

Park officials want to reduce interactions with humans by depriving the elk of
the food and water sources that lure them to popular tourist gathering spots.

The plan is to replace nonnative grass with native vegetation that is abundant
throughout the park, so that the elk don’t necessarily prefer one area over
another.

The two-day project to remove the lawns using herbicide is set to begin
Tuesday, weather permitting. Native plants will become part of the landscape
beginning next year.

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