PPJG note: As many of you know, we have fought long and hard to save America’s wild horses and burros from the harvesting for slaughter machine that is the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement plan for the West. The federal government, in tandem with state agencies and agents, are decimating wildlife in the Western states. They started with the killing and slaughter of our wild horses and burros, now…….they come for the bison.
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Hundreds of wild Yellowstone bison face needless deaths if Yellowstone National Park goes forward with a planned slaughter.
The killing may begin any day, and it has the potential to be the worst slaughter of wild bison since 2008, when 1,600 bison were sent to their deaths simply for roaming outside Yellowstone’s boundaries.
Defenders is pulling out all the stops to prevent this tragedy.
Yellowstone National Park officials plan to follow a long-standing agreement with Montana and capture bison that leave the park for shipment to slaughter. Though Park employees are doing the work, make no mistake that the blame for this tragedy lies with the Montana Department of Livestock, who simply won’t tolerate wild bison outside the Park or allow bison numbers to grow beyond the arbitrary number of 3,000.
The Montana ranching industry claims that letting bison wander outside the park exposes cattle to a risk for a bacterial disease called brucellosis. But in reality, there has not been a single documented case of bison transmitting the disease to cattle in Montana.
The one person who can stop it is Governor Steve Bullock, who can prevent shipment of bison across Montana’s roads to slaughterhouses, and who has ultimate authority over the Department of Livestock.
The common-sense alternative is clear: An expanded “tolerance zone” around Yellowstone National Park where bison would be allowed to roam. Yellowstone National Park, the Intertribal Buffalo Council, individual Tribes, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Defenders of Wildlife and many other conservation groups support this expansion. The only agency blocking this solution is – once again – the Montana Department of Livestock. Governor Bullock must urge this rogue agency to get on board with this common-sense solution. Otherwise, any bison wandering outside the invisible borders of Yellowstone could be shipped to slaughter.
Yellowstone is home to one of the last genetically pure herds of bison left in North America. Up to 1,600 of this 4,600-strong herd could be killed under this appalling scheme, once again preventing the herd’s expansion and setting back bison restoration.
Bison are icons of the American West. Slaughtered by the millions a century ago, bison were driven to the brink of extinction. Today we have an opportunity to reverse this national wildlife tragedy. We cannot let fear and ignorance rule the day.