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6 years ago

I am so glad to hear that no bison were killed during hazing this year but I am sick of the agencies saying that they are hazed to prevent the spread of brucelliosis!    Not ONE bison has given brucelliosis to cattle but an elk did last year yet they are not restricted to certain areas.   I think it is horrible that these beautiful wild, 100% genetically pure bison that have roamed the earth for hundreds of years are now 'restricted' to small areas that man selects so that they don't spread a disease that they do NOT spread!   Horrible and I will not quit fighting for their rights!

6 years ago
That is wonderful news Runningfox M,that no bison were killed during this hazing.thanks for the info,I was not aware until early this year that this was going.I assumed they were protected under federal law.
6 years ago
500+ Yellowstone bison hazed, none killed
Roughly 500 to 600 bison that migrated out of Yellowstone National Park during the winter are back on their summer feeding grounds, after being hazed into the park by state and federal personnel.

Only one migrating bison was killed this winter, by a Montana hunter.

The previous winter about 1,600 bison were killed, most of them captured and slaughtered during migration to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis to cattle.

Christian Mackay, the head of the Montana Department of Livestock, says the hazing lasted about two weeks and pushed the bison into an area about 15 miles inside the park.
6 years ago

Advocates want bison managed as wild animals

By MATT GOURAS - Associated Press - 01/30/09

A coalition of bison advocates and owners of property near Yellowstone National Park said Thursday that bison wandering out of Yellowstone should be managed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, rather than by livestock interests.

A long line of people asked a legislative committee to support a bill dubbed the Wild Bison Recovery and Conservation Act. Primarily, the measure would make the wildlife agency rather than the Montana Department of Livestock responsible for managing bison that wander out of Yellowstone.  (click link for more info)

This post was modified from its original form on 02 Mar, 19:21

This post was modified from its original form on 02 Mar, 19:21
6 years ago

Runningfox, it is so sad that the poor bison, whose natural grazing habits are to follow in their ancestors hoof tracks have to limit their journey to within the park to be safe.    Cattle are allowed to roam freely!   So we know who runs the show ~ it is the cattle ranchers.

When are our voices, as conservationists, going to be heard?  I think our voices are growing louder yet are we making progress?

The one lone bull wandering outside of Yellowstone was promptly very sad.

This post was modified from its original form on 02 Mar, 19:18
6 years ago

Bison staying in Yellowstone this winter

By Associated Press - 02/08/09

BILLINGS (AP) — Only one bison has been shot by a hunter after wandering out of Yellowstone National Park this winter, park officials said.

Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says the park’s 3,000 bison are staying within park boundaries so far, despite the snow and cold.

“We have not seen any real movement,” he said.

Last year, 1,087 bison were shipped to slaughter as part of a program to prevent the spread of brucellosis to cattle. Another 166 were shot by hunters and American Indian tribes and more than 400 died naturally of winter related causes.

The only bison shot by a hunter this winter was a bull taken on the first day of the season in the Gardiner area.

Mike Mease with Buffalo Field Campaign attributed the lack of bison migration this year to last year’s slaughter.

“When you kill 1,600 animals and put 122 in quarantine, you don’t have the kind of migration that you usually do,” Mease said.

The bison population has recovered from large slaughters in the past. More than 1,000 bison were killed during the winters of 1996-97 and 2005-06.

Information from: Billings Gazette,
Yellowstone Park Buffalo Related News
6 years ago
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Since Walelu and I are American Indian and both of us are ardent consevationists as well as environmentalists we are concerned about  Mother Earth and  animals all over the world..One of the most diverse areas for animals on earth is in Yellowstone National Park here in the US..I am creating threads concerning news specific to Yellowstone Park animals.. On this thread I will post news about the buffalo on Yellowstone Park and I will be posting news about other Yellowstone Park animals on other threads ..The following is my first post about Yellowstone Park Buffalo:

Yellowstone Bison Slaughter Issue In Brief
The Wild Yellowstone Buffalo

The Yellowstone bison herd is unique, and is descended from 23 individuals who survived
the 19th century near-extinction by taking refuge in the Park's remote backcountry.

Unfortunately, America's only truly wild, genetically pure buffalo find themselves at the center of a violent conflict that can result in the yearly slaughter of hundreds or thousands of buffalo.

Yellowstone does not provide sufficient winter range for the resident herds of wildlife
due to the deep snows of its high elevation plateaus. Animals leave the Park to forage on lower elevation grasses necessary for winter survival. When buffalo follow their instinctual migration routes to lower elevations, as they traditionally have done, they unwittingly enter a conflict zone where their survival is undermined by Montana politics.

Montana's powerful livestock industry demands that buffalo exiting the Park must be
slaughtered to prevent the spread of brucellosis, a European livestock disease introduced by
cows and first detected in Yellowstone buffalo in 1917. The livestock industry continuously
complains about the threat of brucellosis, but the facts tell another story.

There has never been a single documented case of wild buffalo transmitting brucellosis to livestock. Even if such a transmission were biologically possible, the absence of cattle from lands where buffalo forage in winter months make it physically impossible. Yellowstone elk and other wildlife, also known to carry brucellosis, are allowed to freely exit the park without coming under fire as the buffalo do, belying the DOL's assertions that brucellosis poses such a grave threat.

During the winter of 1996-'97, nearly 1100 buffalo were slaughtered when they
crossed the arbitrary Park boundary and entered Montana. These killings, combined with
deaths from the unusually severe winter, resulted in a loss of more than half of the Yellowstone herd in a matter of months.

Since that wicked winter, Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers have been patrolling the
Yellowstone boundary, monitoring buffalo movements, and documenting the MT Department
of Livestock (DOL) and National Park Service (NP actions against the buffalo. While
buffalo continue to be killed every year, the presence of our volunteers and our success at
focusing media attention on the slaughter have prevented a repeat of the '96-'97 slaughter,
the worst single year for American buffalo since the 19th century.