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11 months ago

I'm glad you open this GOOD NEWS thread, TAS; thank you.  I was just getting reading to post a couple of fantastic stories.  


I am so happy to see that the wild bison are making headway...YAY!   One thing I read in your article that I kind of don't like (and I may be misunderstanding what I read) where it said that the ranchers are contemplating letting the 9 herds behind fences roam free.   Now if those are not genetically pure then I don't want to see them mixed with the wild ones.   And isn't strange that all these years the ranchers are worried about bison transferring brucelliosis to their cattle, when it was cattle that brought it here in the first place.   Can't they inject cattle with the brucelliosis so that eventually future herds will be immune to the disease?


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11 months ago
U.S. Sheep Station: Obsolete and harmful to iconic wildlife
Latest News: In a bolt out of the blue, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced June 25 that it plans to close the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station come November 2014 for budgetary reasons, Idaho. This could be significant for Greater Yellowstone wildlife such as grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, wolves, wolverine, lynx and other species that rely on the Centennial Range along the Idaho-Montana border for migration and dispersal. Thousands of domestic sheep graze 77,000 acres of public lands in the heart of prime wildlife habitat.
Overview: The Centennial Mountains form the most important wildlife connection between Greater Yellowstone and the wildlands of central Idaho and beyond. This wildlife corridor is critical for grizzly bears, wolves, black bears, bighorn sheep and lynx. Unfortunately, the Agricultural Research Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, continues to graze thousands of domestic sheep in the heart of this critical wildlife corridor.
11 months ago
Yellowstone Bison: Room to roam at last?
Latest News: Our vision of wild Yellowstone bison roaming appropriate landscapes across the West and Midwest is closer to fruition. On Monday, June 30, the government announced a proposal to use wild Yellowstone bison to create or enhance free-roaming herds in no fewer than 19 locations in nine states, including Montana.
This spring more than 1,000 bison were allowed to wander north of Yellowstone National Park, thanks to over a decade of work by GYC and our partners to secure more habitat and tolerance for wild bison. Of course, that many bison on the landscape creates new challenges and we are working with landowners to help address these issues through a cost-share partnership that provides financial help for fencing and other tools to keep bison away from areas where they cause property damage or safety concerns (Read a recent op-ed co-authored by GYC Executive Director Caroline Byrd about the need for year-round Yellowstone bison habitat in Montana).
Meanwhile, we are still waiting for action by the Montana Board of Livestock on a proposal to open hundreds of thousands of acres of public land outside of Yellowstone to bison year-round. This habitat is conflict-free after years of hard work by GYC and our conservation partners to retire grazing permits on public lands around the park.
GYC supports an alternative that would allow Yellowstone bison to roam freely on as many as 421,000 acres outside the park. To read about the alternatives, and our support of Alternative B, click here.
Overview: For more than a half-century, Yellowstone bison were the only wildlife in the U.S. largely confined by the boundary lines of a national park. Now, we might be closer to having this treasure trove of genetically pure wild bison roaming free outside of the park's boundaries year-round.
11 months ago

the news is kinda like a snake, it propells the brucellious myth while telling good news??I should have read it more before posting,it's kinda good news,and mispoken nonsense at the same time, a problem I foresee coming to be more common as the bison appear to make headway,they also mention ted turner,,not sure what to make of that part, as I don't know his ethics very well, just that he owns a ton of land in Montana..

11 months ago

Yes, Ted Turner owns most of the domesticated bison.   I just read the percentage yesterday but forgot to make a note of it.   However, maybe it's in one of the artcles I posted.   I definitely do not want his domestic bison to breed with the wild ones.   If they did that, would eventually they ever be considered 100% wild again?   Would each litter become more and more genetically pure?

11 months ago

Awesome video, June!  Just to see all those animals running free without fear of harrassment is fantastic.   And for those that think each species doesn't make a difference in our ecosystem, they are wrong!   I shared it on FB and Twitter!

11 months ago

How nice it would be if animals and people everywhere could do so.

11 months ago

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