From the National Park Service
How will the bison be removed from the population?
- Members of the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) agreed to use public and tribal hunting outside the park as the primary method for removing bison from the population. However, logistical and social challenges generally limit the effectiveness of hunting to a maximum of several hundred bison annually. Congress has specifically prohibited hunting within Yellowstone National Park.
- The secondary method of population reduction will be capturing bison near the park boundary and then transferring them to Native American tribes for processing and distribution of meat and hides to their members. Under this year’s IBMP operations plan, capture will begin no earlier than February 15, 2016 and will cease no later than March 31, 2016. Capture is done without regard for age, sex, or disease status.
- 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?