Ritual Hazing, Slaughter Of Wild Bison Could Begin Soon

As winter cold sets in, time is running out for iconic wild bison that are supposed to be protected by U.S. federal law.

Each winter, members of the last wild, genetically pure Yellowstone bison herd wander from the park in search of food. Although it’s nothing more than hunger that drives them from the protective confines of Yellowstone, their lives are in danger the second they step over the invisible line.

Help Stop The Yellowstone Bison Slaughter!

Defenders of Wildlife writes:

“Because of an unsubstantiated fear that bison will transmit a disease called brucellosis to domestic cattle, bison face a grim fate: Harassed back into the park where food is scarce; shot on sight; or shipped off to slaughter.

“There have been no credible reports of brucellosis ever being transmitted from wild bison to livestock. However, in the past five winters, thousands of wild bison have been killed and harassed in a terrible and out-dated policy that needs to end.”

Why is this sensless slaughter allowed to occur? Because livestock special interests are calling the shots on how these bison are treated.

When America was a young country, ranchers and pioneers slaughtered thousands of these majestic animals without realizing they were driving the species to extinction, but today’s cattle farmers know exactly what they’re doing.

Your voice can make a difference for some of America’s last wild bison — descendants of those that survived the horrific slaughter of the 1800s.

Sign this petition to prevent the hazing and killing of Yellowstone’s wild bison, and urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack  to allow these iconic animals to roam more freely on the public lands outside Yellowstone National Park.

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Kristina Golemanova

I think the solution is quite obvious: they should provide them with enough food so that they wouldn't have to wander in dangerous grounds in an attempt to find some scarce remains. Not taking precautions results in their deaths, so what reason could these people have not to take any action?

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky3 years ago

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi

Susan V.
Susan V.3 years ago

Please see my petition on a related issue.


Canada's Wood Buffalo Park isolates bison with disease to protect other herds, and it seems to be working.

Norma S.
Norma S.3 years ago

This is bull shit! The cattlemen have never proven that bison give brucellocis to cattle, yet the government has murdered thousands of bison for looking for food outside of Yellowstone and wants to murder the rest of them in the park. These are federally protected animals yet the government will likely kill them because of cattle money in their pockets. There is no justice when money enters the picture. Aren't there enough cattle for carnivores destroying the land and ground water and giving humans heart attacks and cancer and living miserable, short lives? The wild bison do none of this.

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

So sad. Signed.

Jami Winn
Jami Winn4 years ago

the minute they leave the park someone is guna try to kill them

Steven Hemstreet
Steven Hemstreet4 years ago

Scientists should be making decisions not cattlemen or political entities!

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman4 years ago


Catalina D.
Catalina D.4 years ago

Petition signed on nov 24.

Colleen M.
Colleen M.4 years ago