IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 18, 2015
Mr. McCain (for himself and Mr. Flake) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a bison management plan for Grand Canyon National Park.
This Act may be cited as the
Grand Canyon Bison Management Act.
In this Act:
management plan means the management plan published under section 3(a).
The term Park means the Grand Canyon National Park.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
Skilled public volunteer
The term skilled public volunteer means an individual who possesses—
a valid hunting license issued by the State of Arizona; and
such other qualifications as the Secretary may require, after consultation with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
Bison management plan for Grand Canyon National Park
Publication of plan
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall publish a management plan to reduce, through humane lethal culling by skilled public volunteers and by other nonlethal means, the population of bison in the Park that the Secretary determines are detrimental to the use of the Park.
Removal of Animal
Notwithstanding section 4 of the Act of March 2, 1929 (16 U.S.C. 198c), or any other provision of law, a skilled public volunteer may remove a full bison harvested from the Park.
The Secretary shall coordinate with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission regarding the development and implementation of the management plan.
In developing the management plan, the Secretary shall comply with all applicable Federal environmental laws (including regulations), including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
Nothing in this Act applies to the taking of wildlife in the Park for any purpose other than the implementation of the management plan.