“Yellowstone National Park has begun shipping wild bison for slaughter as part of a plan to reduce the park’s population by as many as 900 animals this winter.
“More than 100 bison captured near the park’s northern border with Montana were removed from holding pens Wednesday, loaded onto trailers and shipped off, according to the Buffalo Field Campaign, a wildlife advocacy group.
“There were 4,900 bison in the park last summer. For more than two decades, officials have tried to curb the animals’ winter migration into Montana to guard against potential disease transmission to livestock.
“Park spokesman Al Nash confirmed the shipments of animals for slaughter, but said the number was fewer than 100. He declined to give a specific figure and said the park no longer plans to offer timely updates on how many bison are captured and shipped” (read more).
Shocking public opinion poll on bison in Montana- A random sample survey of 500 Montana registered voters just released shows that Montanans strongly support free roaming bison on some public lands. Tulchin Research conducted the survey for Defenders of Wildlife. Here is the report summary (PDF file). http://www.defenders.org/publications/Defenders-of-Wildlife-Montana-Bison-Poll-Public-Memo-1-15.pdf. Source: www.thewildlifenews.com
GR: Typically, our government is responding to the desires of a special interest group, not to the desires of the majority of the people. More research on public opinion might indicate a desire for fewer cattle and more wild buffalo.
Jan 22, 2015: Read the latest news on this story: The slaughter starts.
Please understand that the majority of U.S. citizens do not wish for any of our Yellowstone bison to be taken to slaughter. Something that has not been mentioned in this controversy is that the super-volcano underneath the state of Wyoming has been rising at a record rate since 2004. Its floor has gone up three inches per year for the last three years indicating the fastest rate since records began in 1923. It’s certainly possible that animals as intelligent and instinctual as bison are noticing the changes in their environment and exhibiting the same instinctual behavior as the elephants and other animals did prior to the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. According to National Geographic:
• Elephants screamed and ran for higher ground.
• Flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding areas.
• Zoo animals rushed into their shelters and could not be enticed to come back out. Yellowstone bison could very well be trying to escape impending death by following ancient migration corridors out of the area.
GR: The great war between humans and wildlife is generally invisible. We build on, dump on, and step on wildlife and their homes in unconscious pursuits. When we can see, as in the case of Bison, it is imperative that we act responsibly and accept our species’ role as nature’s only possible defender. Please sign.