FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Arizona Sen. John McCain is pushing an amendment in Congress that would allow anyone who kills bison at the Grand Canyon to keep the meat.
Hunting is prohibited at the national park, but land managers are trying to come up with a way to control a herd of bison roaming the northern reaches of the Grand Canyon.
Among the options raised during a public comment period was lethal removal.
The National Park Service has the authority to kill animals that harm resources, using park staff or volunteer shooters. But the shooter cannot keep the meat.
The amendment that McCain proposed this week as part of the Sportsmen’s Act would change that.
The Sierra Club criticized McCain, saying he shouldn’t interfere in a public process to determine how to manage the bison.