The estimated 4,000 bison in Yellowstone National Park are America's last true, wild herd. Yet these iconic animals face harassment and slaughter when they leave the park in search of food.
Each winter, members of Yellowstone bison herd stray from the park in search of food. And each year, these animals are hazed back into the park (where food is scarce in the winter) or slaughtered...all out of an exaggerated fear that they'll transmit disease to the area's livestock.
Over 900 bison were slaughtered in 2005, and over 1600 in 2008! Whenever the Yellowstone bison herd gets larger than 3000, state and federal agencies kill them back in a twisted form of population control.
Help stop the slaughter. Tell Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that America's last true, wild bison should be protected.
As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and someone who cares about protecting America's native wildlife, I am deeply concerned by the ongoing slaughter of Yellowstone's bison -- the last true, wild herd of these amazing animals.
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Each winter, members of Yellowstone bison herd descend from the parks in search of food. And each year, these animals are hazed back into the park (where food is scarce in the winter), and even slaughtered...all out of exaggerated fear that these amazing animals may transmit the disease bruscellosis to the area's livestock.
Yet there are no credible reports of bruscellosis ever being transmitted from wild bison to livestock.
Over 900 bison were slaughtered in 2005 based on this fear. More than 1600 were killed in 2008!
Livestock special interests are calling all the shots on how these bison are treated. This sort of management harkens back to the days of old when bison were nearly eradicated from the continent in mass slaughters across the plains. Only a few wild American bison survived that dark time, deep in Yellowstone's backcountry, making the Yellowstone herd the most important wild bison herd in the country. I strongly urge you to do everything in your power to prevent the killing of Yellowstone's wild bison and allow bison to roam more freely on the public lands outside Yellowstone.
One way to achieve this is to break the stranglehold that livestock special interests currently have on Yellowstone bison management. Please give a voice to the majority of wildlife-friendly citizens by creating a formal stakeholder group that represents ALL interests to identify solutions and advise public agencies on this issue. Thank you for considering my comments.