Yellowstone proposes killing off 1,000 bison from its herd

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Field Campaign

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Field Campaign

Bison, otherwise known as buffalo, as iconic to America as the flag and apple pie. They invoke a sense of freedom and awe. The most famous herd of buffalo resides in Yellowstone National Park.

But freedom is a slippery slope, particularly this time of year for these iconic animals. In wintertime, the herd traverses distances outside the Park to find food and shelter. And that’s where the trouble lays.

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Yellowstone to cull (kill) 900 buffalo this year

Just saw this news item and wanted to pass it along, with some educated corrections.

Yellowstone BisonIn order to  reduce its bison population this winter, authorities in Yellowstone National Park plan to cull (read slaughter) as many as 900 buffalo, or a fifth of the herd. They’d do this by killing off those animals that stray from the park. This would be the largest such culling in seven years, the park’s wildlife chief said on Tuesday.

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