Cancel Lottery for Hunters to Slaughter Grand Canyon Bison

Target: Shawn Benge, US National Parks Service Deputy Director

Goal: Stop lottery to hunt Grand Canyon bison.

The National Parks Service (NPS) recently held a lottery that allowed anyone to enter for the chance to hunt bison in the Grand Canyon. More than 45,000 people entered the lottery, which is part of an initiative to limit the population of bison, whose growing numbers are negatively impacting resources in the Grand Canyon area. The NPS will ultimately only select twelve skilled shooters.

While the NPS has defended their decision for the cull, stating that a fast growing bison population has been ravaging water, vegetation, soils, and archaeological sites within the national park, the excitement around the opportunity to hunt this majestic animal is concerning. Hunting at national parks is forbidden, but the NPS does have the jurisdiction to allow park staff or volunteers to kill animals that are damaging the natural spaces. This normalization and “viral” attention that the search for bison-hunting volunteers has drawn could potentially lead to unauthorized hunting or attack on wild animals.

Sign this petition to urge the NPS to stop the public lottery to hunt Grand Canyon bison.

PETITION LETTER:

To Mr. Benge,

The publication of the culling of bison in the Grand Canyon and the ability for anyone to simply enter a lottery to hunt these animals sends the wrong message to the public. The NPS should be focused on conservation and respect for nature. This lottery has, instead, created “viral” excitement around the possibility of shooting a majestic animal that is native to the United States. The fact that 45,000 people registered for a lottery reveals a strange and gruesome desire of many individuals to kill wild animals.

I urge you to stop the lottery to hunt Grand Canyon bison and leave conservation efforts of all kinds to NPS staff.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kewing

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51 Comments

  1. Shirley Lemieux says:

    Yes I agree that the lottery should be stopped.

  2. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    STOP SLAUGHTERING ANIMALS IN NATIONAL PARKS, NATIONAL MONUMENTS AND ON PUBLIC LANDS NOW. That includes the TULE ELK slaughter at Point Reyes National Seashore.

    • Evan Jane Kriss. I definately agree with your comment.
      We should and must Hunt down all Trophy Hunters and Poachers Worldwide and kill them all!!!

      Come on President Jo Biden, stop all these Wildlife lowlife animal torturing murdering Trophy Hunters and Poaches. Bring this into The Animal Protection Laws immediately. This is the only way that these lowlife animal torturing, murdering psychopathic monsters from hell can be stopped. Kill them all. They are not human they are the psychopathic lowlife monsters on our planet.

  3. Raymond Stevens says:

    We should be able to hunt and shoot so called “Trophy” killers.

  4. The article left out the most important part – that there are other ways besides killing to limit this population, namely birth control, which is being used on other bison herds in other areas.

    So that begs the question – if birth control is available and is demonstrably successful, what is their REAL reason for a hunt?

  5. The only population that needs controlling is the human one – starting with knuckle-dragging trophy cunters! They almost wiped bison out before, leave them alone!

    • Humans DID already almost cause their extinction.  Mother Nature is culling mankind with Covid-19, out of sheer disgust for our atrocities to Nature.  

      Trophy Hunters should be penned in a large enclosure (like they sadly do in other countries) and …..let them all hunt each other, to extinction.  Humans deserve eradicating from earth. 

      • Wow “TM”, no matter the outrage, which I agree with, it doesn’t justify calling Covid a culling, especially when many of the victims were our vulnerable elderly population.
        AND BTW, Covid is NOT Mother Nature’s doing, do no blame her, it’s CHINA’S doing with their careless lab “research”!!! And speak for yourself on humans deserving eradicating, MOST people are good, and without them things would be far worse.

  6. OUR MAGNIFICENT AND MAJESTIC WILD ANIMALS HAVE A RIGHT YO LIVE AND THRIVE IN PEACE WITHOUT THE THREAT.OF BEING SHOT AT AND INJURED OR KILLED! OUR WILD BISON ARE ONE OF AMERICA’S NATIONAL TREASURES, ALONG WITH OUR WILD HORSES, BURROS AND THE ELK AND THE COUGAR, WOLVES, AND EAGLE. THEY ALL NEED TO BE RESPECTED AND PROTECTED AND SAFEGUARDED. STOP THE UNNECESSARY AND DISGRACEFUL AND SENSELESS KILLINGS OF OUR WILD ANIMALS.

  7. Patricia Lamonica says:

    I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS RIGHT ALONG HUNT THE HUNTERS!!!!

  8. I too am sickened to have our government set up this tragedy -yes there is birth control used on wild animals. It does require someone skilled at using a dart gun. I think the fastest solution is to transport the extra animals to other safe places.
    All the frothing at the mouth by those of you who want to likewise kill the killers – you need to understand that such people and you and me come from a totally different
    world. Recently a woman I know told me her husband had signed up for a chance to go on a javelina hunt. I always thought she was a nice person and when I asked why he would want to do that she looked at me like I was stupid. It was like she could not imagine why someone would not want to
    kill. And her idiot husband was going to take his young son with him -that didn’t bother her either! Javelinas are an Arizona wild peccary (pig like animal).

  9. Alexandre Engelen says:

    Again we can see how stupid “45.000” humans are …
    Where is the president of the “united” states? Is this ok to you Mr. President ???

  10. BIRTH CONTROL is the only reasonable method. STOP THIS MADNESS!!! CONTROL DESTRUCTIVE HUMANS INSTEAD!!! THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY OF THEM, DESTROYING THE BEAUTY AND DIVERSITY OF OUR PLANET! SLAUGHTER IS THE MOST PRIMITIVE WAY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM!!!! USE YOUR BRAINS, PLEASE.
    I urge you to stop the lottery to hunt Grand Canyon bison and leave conservation efforts of all kinds to NPS staff.

  11. These EVIL TROPHY HUNTERS!!!~! This MUJST BE STOPPED!!!~ HUNTING ANIMALS SHOULD BE FOR THE NEED OF FOOD ONLY!!!!

    STOP THIS DISGUSTING LOTTERY!!!

  12. I propose to have a lottery for hunters hunting and killing each other. That way they will satisfy their lust for killing and all the rest of us, including their potential animal victims, be rid of at least a few habitual killers.

  13. The only good hunter is a dead one. Hunt the hunters!

  14. STOP cruel, cold-blooded plan to MURDER our Animals — you seek any excuse to SHOOT & KILL — it’s shameful, depravedly cruel and unconscionable — it is WRONG — it MUST NOT be allowed — We MUST FIND a good and humane way to manage Bison population — the claim that Bison have been “ravaging …” — give me a break — the NERVE — no one has been RAVAGING this Planet like Humans — STOP public letter to MURDER our Bison.

  15. Muriel Servaege says:

    How is it possible to destroy that iconic animal? There were millions of buffalo in the 19th century and most of them have already been killed for the fun of it. Where will that stop?

  16. Our native bizon are amazing animals and should be considered a national treasure. Their numbers have already been greatly reduced. Advertising all over the map just leads to everyone wanting to get in the game. Now, special attention will need to be paid so that too many hunters have to be held back. Please do not encourage the bloodthirsty destruction of these wonderful beings. We are destroying our own natural resources. Do we want to be left with no natural wildlife for our children to appreciate? Get acquainted with these beings instead of being there to kill them!

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