Wild bison are an icon for Wyoming and America. The publicly funded slaughter of these animals by the Park Service is a national disgrace.
Of all the wildlife and land management issues in our region, none is more maddening than the slaughter of bison in Yellowstone National Park.
Try explaining to a group of tourists that half the bison population of Yellowstone died in the winter of 2007-08, and the National Park Service was responsible for killing more than 1,600 animals. And they, the tourists, paid for it with millions of their tax dollars.
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And the bison were killed for migrating out of the park onto public land in Montana, and testing positive for a disease, brucellosis, that’s exceedingly rare to transmit to cattle. And there are few, if any, cattle on said public land. And brucellosis is a disease originally introduced to wildlife from domestic livestock. And so on.
Buffalo Field Campaign, a group of rugged and passionate activists based in West Yellowstone, Mont., has done yeoman’s work in fighting to stop this madness.
Posted under Environment, Politics
Tags: bison, conservation, wildlife, yellowstone