Yellowstone's bison sent to slaughter

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  1. Buzz Mills

    Buzz Mills New Member

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    A fourth of Yellowstone's bison shot, sent to slaughter

    GARDINER, Mont. - This was not the Yellowstone National Park that tourists see. At first light Tuesday, at the end of a closed road, past a boneyard of junk cars, trailers and old cabins, more than 60 of the park's wild bison were being loaded on a semitrailer to be shipped to a slaughterhouse.

    With heavy snow still covering the park's vast grasslands, hundreds of bison have been leaving Yellowstone in search of food at lower elevations. A record number of the migrating animals - 1,195, or about a quarter of the park's population - have been killed by hunters or rounded up and sent to slaughterhouses by park employees.

    The bison are being killed because they have ventured outside the park into Montana and some might carry a disease called brucellosis, which can be passed along to cattle.

    The large-scale culling, which is expected to continue through April, has outraged groups working to preserve the park's bison herds, considered by scientists to be the largest genetically pure population in the country. It has also led to an angry exchange between Montana state officials and the federal government over a stalled agreement to create a safe haven for the bison that has not received the needed federal financing. "When they leave the park, they have nowhere to go," said Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, a Democrat. "This agreement would have given them a place to go."

    http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_8668572
     
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  3. Linda7NJ

    Linda7NJ New Member

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    truly heartbreaking:eek:
     
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  6. Mira

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    while this is heartbreaking, brucellosis is a nasty disease. if, and i do mean IF they have it, i hope nobody eats the meat.

    it will pass to humans, and takes a long miserable time to cure.

    i hope theyre not using brucellosis as an excuse to destroy these beautiful animals.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brucellosis
     
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    This is sad. such a shame that the federal government moves so slow.
     
  8. heavenlydaze

    heavenlydaze Music keeps me sane!!!

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    Brucellosis is contagious & horrible. I grew up on a cattle ranch in South Dakota and have some first-hand knowledge of it, however, I would be very surprised if there is found to be more than a small percentage infected. The Montana Stock Growers Association even approved a plan that has never been implemented:

    http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2008/03/22/news/state/55-agencies.txt

    For those interested in learning more about this go here:

    http://www.newwest.net/citjo/article/wild_bison_bfc_update_from_the_field_3_20_08/C33/L33/

    "* Update from the Field


    Dear Buffalo Friends,


    Thank you all for responding to so many calls to action in defense of the buffalo. We must press on with endless pressure, endlessly applied. Please continue to contact your members of Congress to share solutions and urge them to stop the senseless slaughter and take proactive steps to defend the migratory freedom of the last wild buffalo herds.
* Write your Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
* Write your Rep: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml



    Now that Yellowstone and Montana have conducted the worst wild buffalo slaughter since the 19th Century - having killed 1,181 buffalo, or more than a quarter of the population, Yellowstone National Park has announced that they will "transition" operations at the Stephens Creek bison trap and begin holding captured bison until spring green-up"...(more at above link)
     
  9. SeriouslySearching

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    Sheesh! It is so sad they acted so rash in dealing with the situation. The practical thing would have been to keep them secluded until they knew for certain if they were infected instead of assuming they just "could" be and it was reason for a slaughter. What a waste!
     

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