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Park’s removes 46 elk through population maintenance efforts

MEDORA — Theodore Roosevelt National Park officials said Thursday that 46 elk were removed from the park’s South Unit during the maintenance phase for managing the herd’s population.

The elk were removed by park staff between Nov. 5 and Dec. 5, according to a press release. The park maintains elk numbers in accordance with its Elk Management Plan, which has required moderate reductions in the years following drastic elk population reductions in 2010 and 2011 to keep the herd at its desired limits.

Park Superintendent Valerie Naylor said the project was completed without injuries and minimal impact to park’s visitors and operations.

“Elk numbers in the park will be reassessed in late summer of 2014, with the need for another maintenance phase reduction being determined then,” Naylor stated in the release.

Approximately 7,500 pounds of meat was packed out of the park during the maintenance phase, much of which was donated to Sportsman Against Hunger through the North Dakota Community Action Partnership.

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.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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