Laramie, WY – Wildlife managers say bison continue to avoid areas where they can be hunted on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson.
That's making it difficult to reduce the population and protect resources on the refuge.
Officials hope to reduce the bison herd from roughly 1,000 animals to about 500 animals.
This year, the hunt started Sept. 1 on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Sept. 18 on the refuge. The hunts last until Jan. 3, 2011.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that so far this year, hunters have shot 18 bison on the forest and on the refuge. That is down from 44 animals taken by this time last year.