‘Stand Down’: Bernhardt Blocks Aerial Mountain Goat Cull At Grand Teton

“The U.S. Secretary of the Interior directly intervened in an aerial goat cull underway in the Tetons last Friday, ordering Grand Teton National Park Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail to “stand down.”

David Bernhardt, who presides over the National Park Service’s governmental parent, became involved in Teton Park’s affairs after his office received a sharply worded letter that Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon sent to Noojibail the same day. The governor said he was “profoundly disappointed” that the park was “unilaterally aerially executing mountain goats” while Wyoming objected.

“Secretary Bernhardt reached out to the acting superintendent and requested that they … stand down and not fly the helicopters,” Michael Pearlman, the governor’s communications director, said in a Monday press call. “It was probably somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.””

Mike Koshmrl reports for the Jackson Hole Daily February 24, 2020.

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“Killing of Invasive Mountain Goats From Helicopter Suspended in Grand Teton National Park” (Associated Press)