Hundreds of Bison Migrating Out Of Yellowstone To Be Hunted Down Under Government-Sponsored Slaughter

Hundreds of Bison Migrating Out Of Yellowstone To Be Hunted Down Under Government-Sponsored Slaughter

  • 273
    Shares


have started to migrate out of and into southwestern where they could be the target of attempting to reduce the herds’ population size by up to 900.

spokeswoman Morgan Warthin told the Associated Press the bison have moved into the Gardiner basin as part of their yearly migration. Outside the confines of the park, states, they may be captured and taken to at the Stephen’s Creek Facility.

A bison walk through a meadow near the Midway Geyser Basin area of Yellowstone National Park, on August 22, 2018.GEORGE FREY/GETTY

The hunt is part of a policy to regulate the population of bison in Yellowstone, which is the only spot in the contiguous U.S. housing free-ranging bison since the prehistoric era. Officials say if the numbers get too high individual bison would not have enough space to roam and risk overgrazing the park.

As of August, the park was home to some 4,800 bison, which park officials describe as healthy. According to Yellowstone, numbers are increasing between 10 and 17 percent each year.

Yellowstone has already said they plan to remove 600 to 900 animals this winter, using a combination of methods: capture and slaughter, and quarantining. This is higher than the 460 culled last year.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks regional supervisor Mark Deleray told the AP the migration has arrived late this year and that Native American tribes with treaty rights in the area have killed more than 50 in hunts this year.

The migration is an annual process, with animals moving to warmer areas of lower elevations that contain less snow. The herds will return to Yellowstone in the summer.

Inside the park, hunting is strictly restricted. According to Yellowstone, “Allowing hunting in Yellowstone would affect the behavior of animals and drastically change the experience people expect when they visit. This is not the future we want for Yellowstone, and we don’t believe it’s the future the public wants either.”

A herd of bison and their calves share the road with visitors to Yellowstone April 22, 2018.WILLIAM CAMPBELL-CORBIS/GETTY

It is a different story when when animals move outside the park. Bison carry a bacterial disease called brucellosis, which brings concerns that they might pass on the infection to cattle. For this reason, bison are not allowed to move freely outside of Yellowstone and legislation has been introduced to prevent them being moved to conservation areas outside the park.

The increase in bison numbers has been described as a conservation success story. A combination of hunting and the U.S. Army almost drove the species to in the nineteenth century, but protections introduced at the turn of the twentieth century saw numbers revive (if not to historic levels of 30 to 50 million).

This article was first published by Newsweek on 27 February 2020.


What you can do

Support ‘Fighting for Wildlife’ by donating as little as $1 – It only takes a minute. Thank you.

 

 

Fighting for Wildlife supports approved wildlife conservation organizations, which spend at least 80 percent of the money they raise on actual fieldwork, rather than administration and fundraising. When making a donation you can designate for which type of initiative it should be used – wildlife, oceans, forests or climate.

 

Supertrooper

Founder and Executive Editor

Share this post with your friends

  • 273
    Shares


Facebook Comments

6
Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
avatar
Bill Jennings

I hope they are at least going to be able to use all of the animals that are harvested. We certainly don’t want people killing them just to save their cattle.

george mira

Recheck your stats on Brucellosis. This had not previously been shown to be true. Elk carry some, and far worse the fiction of Bison being any significant reservoir has long been purposely and falsely perpetrated by the Euroamerican ranchers of MT.
Since 98% of all cattle industry occur far to the southeast of SW Montana, it is the ranchers who should be removed from native North American species territory, as they were not even extant there before the 1870s – only four generations ago, following the mass Euroamerican slaughter of the more migratory, and environmentally advantageous Bison.
Remove the ranchers.

lindabadham

WHY ???????? DISGUSTING !!!!!!!

Sue Lesmond
Sue Lesmond

This is animal abuse at its worst.Some of the bison should be caught,desexed and then released.To kill them is disgraceful animal abuse! Become civilised America!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Sadistic bloodfest

Grace Maa

Hunting of ALL species seems to be out of control in the US. Any animal that strays from Protected Areas is now fair game for the Hunting Fraternity, shameful. Bison were once hunted to the Brink, here we go again!! Stop the Needless Killing!!!