Friday, March 03, 2017

Nearly 1,000 Yellowstone bison killed this season

Wildlife officials estimate nearly 1,000 Yellowstone National Park bison have been killed this season.
The park and state severely limit bison migrations into Montana under a 2000 agreement intended to guard against such transmissions.The agreement set a population goal of 3,000 bison inside the park.
There were an estimated 5,500 animals at last count. To reduce that number, park officials planned to kill up to 1,300 bison this winter. The herd is culled through public hunting and shipping some bison to slaughter. Slaughtered bison become meat for various Native American tribes. Officials say roughly 650 bison have been caught for slaughter so fan and about 400 have been shipped. Bison cannot be hunted in the park, but instead are caught when they migrate into the Gardiner basin. KTVH

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