DAKAR, Senegal — Gunmen killed eight people on Sunday at a wildlife reserve in Niger, including six French humanitarian workers, their Nigerien driver and a guide, according to authorities.

The group had traveled to Kouré reserve in an area known as the Giraffe Zone, home to the only remaining population of West African giraffes. But they had been there for less than an hour when they were shot, their car set aflame and their bodies left in the sand.

Efforts to remove nonnative mountain goats from Grand Teton National Park will resume this fall, and the park is seeking volunteers to help with the culling.

Last winter aerial marksmen brought in by the park killed three dozen mountain goats before Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, responding to concerns from Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, ordered a halt to the work. The problem from the governor's viewpoint was that the park wasn't using any ground-based volunteers in the culling.

Stepping up his defense of national monuments, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt warned that prison sentences await protesters who vandalize them and that federal authorities are monitoring social media feeds to track them down.

"We are not messing around: We're not accepting this, and we are going to put these guys in jail," Bernhardt said in an interview on a conservative talk radio station in Wisconsin last week.

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