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PostSat Sep 30, 2017 1:03 pm 
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Humptulips wrote:
I would imagine any attempt to open the ONP to hunting across the board would meet a quick end.

Oh, you're right, no hunting across the board.  A founding purpose for establishment of Olympic NP was "permanent protection for the herds of native Roosevelt elk and other wildlife indigenous to the area" [legislative intent expressed in House Report 2247, 1938].  So if the Park became an area of concurrent jurisdiction, NPS would issue Federal regulations banning or tightly regulating hunting of elk and other indigenous wildlife, while allowing hunting of non-native mountain goats.

Retrocession of exclusive Federal jurisdiction has many other far-reaching consequences (the state would have to accept responsibility for maintenance and patrol of those sections of US highways and a few county roads within the Park, etc.) so it's not even clear the state would accept concurrent jurisdiction.  But Congress directed NPS (actually, the Secretary of Interior) to "diligently" pursue concurrent jurisdiction, and the authority to do it!  They could if they wished.

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PostTue Oct 03, 2017 11:22 am 
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Humptulips wrote:
I know there are some NP administered lands that allow hunting.

An article mentioning the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act sheds a bit more light on this.

NPS administers over 400 sites, of which 75 allow some form of hunting.  Most of these are national reserves, lakeshores or seashores, not national parks.  In most of these, continuation of some forms of hunting was actually mandated in their establishment legislation.

Hunting is prohibited in the statutes establishing about 22 major national parks as areas of exclusive Federal jurisdiction, including Olympic NP.

In the remaining ~300 units administered by NPS, hunting is allowed by statute but is prohibited by NPS regulations.

Congress created a diverse NPS system which is not uniform.

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