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GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK — Grand Teton National Park's annual elk reduction program begins on Oct. 6.

Wyoming-licensed hunters can apply for a limited quota to hunt in two areas of the park.

Park officials encouraged hunter on Thursday to use non-lead ammunition. They also urge non-hunting visitors to stay in areas west of the Snake River that are closed to hunting.

The program is part of an effort that includes winter feeding on the National Elk Refuge and in the upper Gros Ventre drainage. Most Jackson elk fed in the refuge spend the summer in, or migrate through, Grand Teton National Park.

Maps of the hunting area are available at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose.

They're also available online at http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/elkhunt.htm.

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