Yellowstone bison: Why can’t you ship bison to other areas or quarantine facilities rather than meat processing facilities?

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From the National Park Service

 

Why can’t you ship bison to other areas or quarantine facilities rather than meat processing facilities?

  • There are no operational quarantine facilities, which are fenced areas where bison are repeatedly tested over several years to ensure they are free of brucellosis. Also, there are no approved terminal pastures, which are fenced areas within which bison would be harvested over time.
  • The NPS is working with American Indian tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other federal and state agencies to evaluate alternatives for a quarantine program.The NPS expects to release an Environmental Assessment for public comment in 2015.
  • Substantial funding would be needed to establish and operate a quarantine facility and associated terminal pasture.
  • It has been difficult to relocate brucellosis-free Yellowstone bison due to misperceptions and stigmas regarding disease status and other factors.
  • What is the current bison population?
  • Why are bison being removed from the population?
  • How will the bison be removed from the population?
  • Why are bison being shipped to meat processing facilities?
  • Why can’t you harvest bison through hunting instead of shipping them to meat processing facilities?
  • Why don’t you just keep all the bison within Yellowstone National Park?
  • Are the bison leaving Yellowstone National Park because it is overgrazed?
  • Why don’t you just let the bison roam freely outside Yellowstone National Park?
  • Why don’t you allow native predators to control bison numbers?
  • Why can’t you ship bison to other areas or quarantine facilities rather than meat processing facilities?
  • What happens to all the meat, hides, horns, etc. from bison shipped to meat processing facilities?
  • Why are bison managed differently from other wildlife and not allowed to move freely into Montana and disperse to new areas?
  • Are removals of bison and shipments to meat processing facilities precedent setting for national parks?
  • What are the economic costs of bison removals from Yellowstone National Park?
  • Has the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) been successful at accomplishing its goals?

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