- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - An environmental group is challenging a report by the National Park Service that classifies bison at the Grand Canyon as native.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says the agency’s position in a 2015 report is a reversal from its longstanding stance that bison aren’t indigenous to the area. The report says the Park Service’s stance now is in line with the Kaibab National Forest and state wildlife officials.

The group filed an administrative complaint Thursday to get the report rescinded, arguing it is unscientific and the reclassification means Grand Canyon can maintain bison inside the park rather than move them out entirely.

Grand Canyon had planned to develop a long-term bison management plan but shifted the focus recently to reduce the herd more immediately with sharpshooters, capture and other tools.



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