183 elk shot in Grand Teton hunt

Dec 9, 2012 The Associated Press

JACKSON -- Wyoming wildlife officials say 183 elk were killed during this year's Grand Teton National Park hunt, well short of harvest estimates issued before the season began.

Grand Teton issued 725 licenses this year, with the goal of hunters taking 300 elk.

Analysts point to mild weather, fewer licenses, and increasingly wily elk as the reasons for the relatively low number of kills.

Also, for the first time since Grand Teton was formed, the park has eliminated bull tags from the hunt.

Hunting is not allowed in most national parks. But the 1950 legislation that designated Grand Teton as a national park allows hunting of elk by those licensed by the state of Wyoming.

This year's eight-week season ended Sunday

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