04/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Free Elk Meat Brings Thousands To National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park officials expected some controversy when they culled the park's elk population last month. What they didn't expect was thousands of people signing up for free meat.

After executing a long-planned shoot to control the exploding elk population, park officials held a lottery to distribute the meat. They thought a couple hundred people would respond. Instead, there were 5,247 applicants and the lottery was closed after just a few days.