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Yellowstone Bison Can't Speak for Themselves.

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Yellowstone Bison Can't Speak for Themselves.
« on: May 30, 2008, 01:31:47 PM »
Yellowstone Bison Can't Speak for Themselves.

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Bison Slaughter sets Records this year - Take Action!

Fourteen-hundred bison, killed. Killed for simply seeking out sustenance and shelter. Why isn't anything being done? Each day this winter, bison unknowingly moved toward their death, and unless Congress takes action soon, the slaughter will continue next winter.

An announcement by Montana's governor makes the first critical step toward stopping the slaughter. But more needs to be done. Write a letter to the editor today and urge your lawmakers to step up and stop the slaughter of Yellowstone bison!

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Bison Slaughter sets Records this year - Take Action!

Each year, bison following historic migration routes in search of food outside Yellowstone National Park are instead being stopped at the park boundary and shipped to slaughter because of a perceived but unproven risk that they will transfer the disease brucellosis to livestock.

The shocking statistics from this year’s Yellowstone bison slaughter have made news across the country. More than 1,400 animals were killed this winter, the largest number since the reckless slaughter of the late 1800s—which almost caused the extinction of these majestic animals.

As record numbers of bison were shipped to slaughter, the winter has ended on a positive note—Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer recently announced an agreement with landowners north of Yellowstone that will allow for limited numbers of bison to access lands north of the park starting next winter. That announcement is a huge step forward—the biggest in more than a decade—but much more needs to be done to ensure Yellowstone’s bison are allowed to roam free outside the park in winter.

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office has shown that although some progress has been made to acquire land for bison migration, the overall plan to manage Yellowstone’s bison needs to be revised if it is to meet its goal of providing for a free-ranging bison population. While we continue to seek changes to that plan that will stop the slaughter forever, there is an action that we can take right now to save at least some of the bison.

Congress must compel the agencies in charge of bison management to act now and update their plan to include science-based solutions such as vaccines and fencing. These agencies need to be held accountable for the lack of progress in this plan, which has kept Yellowstone’s bison from roaming free outside the park.

For more information, contact Tim Stevens, senior Yellowstone program manager at 406.222.1567 or tstevens@npca.org

 
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Re: Yellowstone Bison Can't Speak for Themselves.
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2008, 04:42:43 PM »
Fencing?  It takes a damn stout fence to hold a migrating buffalo looking for food.  Fences also won't solve an overpopulation problem.  Were they killed for seeking out sustenance and shelter or were they killed because they're good to eat and they wandered outside of the NP boundaries to an area where shooting bison is legal. 
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Re: Yellowstone Bison Can't Speak for Themselves.
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2008, 05:05:53 PM »
From my limited understanding, the bison were/are killed because of a perceived threat to the local cattle.  I'm not sure the slaughtered bison are destroyed or otherwise used for food.

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Re: Yellowstone Bison Can't Speak for Themselves.
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2008, 05:11:53 PM »
Fencing?  It takes a damn stout fence to hold a migrating buffalo looking for food.


And a tall one too!

Not all those who wander are lost.
– J.R.R. Tolkien

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Re: Yellowstone Bison Can't Speak for Themselves.
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2008, 06:15:21 PM »
From my limited understanding, the bison were/are killed because of a perceived threat to the local cattle.  I'm not sure the slaughtered bison are destroyed or otherwise used for food.

This paper is a little dated, but I don't believe the situation has changed:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_dis_spec/cattle/downloads/cattle-bison.pdf

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Re: Yellowstone Bison Can't Speak for Themselves.
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2008, 09:52:26 PM »
Not all fences for bison are super-strong.  This one is at the Zion Mountain Resort, which has a herd of bison.  The restaurant there served a quite tasty buffalo burger. :icon_smile:


 


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