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Teddy Roosevelt park thins 46 more elk from herd

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The National Park Service has thinned another 46 animals from the elk herd in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The elk were killed as part of an ongoing plan to keep the herd at a size that is ideal for the western North Dakota park — between 100 and 400 animals. The effort included large reductions in 2010 and 2011 in which nearly 900 elk were killed.

Meat from the animals is donated to American Indian tribes and the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, which helps food pantries around the state.

Backcountry trails that were closed in the park during the elk thinning over the past month have been reopened.