The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park have issued their "Summary of the Final Bison and Elk Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement." It outlines the desired future conditions, management goals, objectives and strategies for managing the Jackson bison and elk herds on the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway for 15 years. The summary compares six alternatives that address bison and elk numbers, habitat restoration, forage production and disease issues.

"Final," one presumes, means just that. No more discussion. The alternative chosen emphasizes broadly improving the range in the park and on the refuge, decreasing the need for supplemental feeding on the refuge, and ending up with approximately 5,000 elk venturing on the refuge and a genetically viable population of about 500 bison.

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