Yellowstone bison: How will the bison be removed from the population?

On hot summer days Bison visit prairie dog towns in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Credit: NPS.gov.
On hot summer days Bison visit prairie dog towns in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Credit: NPS.gov.

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.

 

 

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