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Thousands of volunteers take part in killing 12 animals in Nepal

In a seemingly strange mission, more than 45,000 people volunteered to kill 12 bison cows in the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States, as part of a new program to manage the growing number of these animals.

Caitlin Thomas, spokeswoman for the National Parks Administration, told "AFP", Friday, that these animals could destroy the ecosystems of the park, such as vegetation and soil, if their numbers rose dramatically.

She added that there is mounting concern about "the increasing impacts on park resources such as water, plants, soil and archaeological sites."

So officials at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona came up with the idea of ​​launching the "lethal removal" and making it available to volunteers from the public.

More than 45,000 applications were received in just two days, and they selected an initial set of 25 names by drawing lots.

It will be confirmed that this group has the archery and fitness standards required to carry out the mission, and 12 people will be finally selected from it by May 17.

All volunteers must be US citizens, have their own hunting rifle, and each person will be allowed to kill one bison.

The National Park Service explained that "lethal removal" is not considered a hunting operation because it is under the control of the park authorities, and serves both public and recreational interests, and since 2019, the National Park has been moving the surplus numbers of bison cows to other areas.

Between 400 and 600 bison live in the northern part of the park, but within 10 years, it is expected that the number will increase 3 times to about 1,500 animals.