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Bison Get 75,000 Acres to Roam

Bison Get 75,000 Acres to Roam

The 3,500 or so bison in Yellowstone National Park will be allowed to roam in an extra 75,000 acres outside the park during winter months. An agreement between eight government and tribal agencies has been finalized to provide the extra bison territory. Winter in Yellowstone has deep snow and harsh conditions, so the bison naturally wander outside the park looking for food, but doing so has created some problems for private land owners (real or perceived). So they were being shot, hazed back into the park or captured and slaughtered. Some ranchers, if not many, fear bison will spread diseases to their livestock. However, an NPR article from February of this year stated there have been no documented cases of bison-to-cattle transmissions of brucellosis. (The disease has been transmitted by elk to cattle.) Over the last twenty years nearly 4,000 bison that wandered outside the park were sent to slaughterhouses.

In a press release, Defenders of Wildlife said, “Governor Schweitzer is well positioned to be the first governor in the history of the country to restore bison as wildlife in a meaningful way. We thank Governor Schweitzer for his leadership and all the state, federal and tribal agencies involved for their efforts to create some space for wild bison in Montana. We also encourage the state to work with the tribes of Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Reservations who have expressed interest in restoring wild Yellowstone bison to their tribal lands.” (Source: Defenders.org)

Because so many bison have been slaughtered, various people have criticized the management style as being population control rather than disease control, as there typically aren’t many cattle near the bison, and not all the bison contain brucellosis. Allowing them to roam in a dedicated space outside the park should keep them even further away from ranchers and cattle.

Seventeen members of Congress have signed a letter to the National Park Service requesting a different bison management plan.

Thank you Care2 members for helping to make this effort a success! Because of you, over 80,000 signatures have been sent to protect Bison in Yellowstone.

Image Credit: Mila Zinkova

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9:27AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thank you.

2:03PM PDT on May 4, 2013

thanks

3:15PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

good news

6:05AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Good!

1:44PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Positive news! Thank you for sharing.

5:24AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

This is excellent news.

1:00AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:15AM PDT on Jul 3, 2011

Bravo

5:54PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Awesome!

9:24PM PDT on May 8, 2011

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