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Yellowstone culls just 49 bison this winter

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Bison in holding pens to prepare for transfer to Fort Peck Indian Reservation. NPS PHOTO / Jacob W. Frank


BOZEMAN – Forty-nine Yellowstone National Park bison were shipped to slaughter, killed by hunters or captured for relocation this winter well short of officials’ goal to remove 600 to 900 of the animals.

The park has about 5,000 bison. The herds are culled annually under a federal-state agreement that’s meant to keep their numbers from growing and to prevent bison from spreading the disease brucellosis to cattle in Montana.

The program depends on large numbers of bison migrating outside the park to their winter feeding grounds in Montana. But this year’s migration was not very large and many animals stayed in Yellowstone.

Twenty-seven bison were captured leaving the park and sent to slaughter, and 10 were captured and put into quarantine for future relocation, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported.

Members of tribes with treaty hunting rights in the Yellowstone region killed 10 bison, and state-licensed hunters killed two.

Officials end shipments of bison to slaughter by early spring to avoid capturing animals in late-term pregnancy. That means there’s only a window of about five weeks to reach the culling objectives, which have often been missed.

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