Uncle Sam wants you — to butcher bison in Grand Canyon National Park.
The National Park Service has put out a call for individuals “skilled” in “bison removal,” as the government looks for volunteers to help kill hundreds of bovinaes in northern Arizona.
“Reducing the herd size will protect the park ecosystem, resources and values,” the agency said.
Only a dozen qualified volunteers will ultimately be selected for the September slaughter, officials said. Applications will be accepted through Monday.
Ideal candidates will have no criminal history, be physically fit, have firearm safety certification and be able to “pass a marksmanship proficiency test,” the government said.
Bison killers must also supply their own weapons, according to the post.
“Given the current distribution, abundance, density and the expected growth of the bison herd on the North Rim, the NPS is concerned about increased impacts on park resources such as water, vegetation, soils, archaeological sites and values such as visitor experience and wilderness character,” park workers wrote.
The reduction is in line with a 2017 Environmental Assessment, parks officials said.
The NPS looks to trim the herd from 600 to 200 buffaloes.
The American bison was nearly hunted into extinction in the 19th century.
With Post wires