Sep 28, 2012 - The Associated PressGRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK -- Amid ongoing wildfire concerns, Grand Teton National Park's annual elk reduction program begins on Oct. 6.
Wyoming-licensed hunters can apply for a limited quota to hunt in two areas of the park.
Park officials encouraged hunter on Thursday to use non-lead ammunition. They also urge non-hunting visitors to stay in areas west of the Snake River that are closed to hunting.
The program is part of an effort that includes winter feeding on the National Elk Refuge and in the upper Gros Ventre drainage. Most Jackson elk fed in the refuge spend the summer in, or migrate through, Grand Teton National Park.
Maps of the hunting area are available at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose.
They're also available online at http://www.nps.gov/grte/plany
Meanwhile, the risk of wildfires is down somewhat in Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and other areas of northwest Wyoming.
The fire danger had been extreme while a large wildfire for a time threatened to burn into downtown Jackson. Now the danger is classified as "very high."
Moderate rain has fallen during the past week but fire officials still warn that western Wyoming remains very dry and unseasonably warm. Very high fire danger means that fires can start easily and spread quickly.
Partial fire restrictions remain in effect for Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park. That means fires are allowed only at designated recreation sites and smoking is restricted to places free of material that could fuel a wildfire.
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