According to the Tri-City Herald, U.S. Fish and Wildlife are likely to allow hunting of elk cows in the Hanford Reach National Monument to thin the herd.

When the population grows too large, the animals tend to eat crops from nearby fields. The hunt, if approved, would only allow up to 20 people per day in the area, which would exclude Rattlesnake Mountain.

If the animals migrate out of the area, the hunt may be cancelled.

The hunt would only last October through March.

Currently the entire area is off-limits to hunters. See the full article details.