Theodore Roosevelt National Park resumes elk population maintenance program

MEDORA, ND - Theodore Roosevelt National Park resumed its Elk Management Program this week. Park staff are expected to remove about 30 elk between Nov. 1 and Dec. 17.

The goal of the annual maintenance phase is to keep the number of elk between 100 and 400. The past several years, the park has kept the population at 200 animals.

The South Unit’s back-country trails will not be closed during the time elk are being removed. Reduction activities could take place at any point during this time period. Roads and overlooks, as well as Cottonwood Campground, and the four front-country trails in the South Unit - Buck Hill, Wind Canyon, Ridgeline Nature Trail, and Coal Vein Trail, will also remain open.

The park has a Chronic Wasting Disease-free status, but staff will continue to test elk.

Elk meat will be donated to Sportsman Against Hunger through the North Dakota Community Action Partnership.