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Yellowstone bison: What is the current bison population?

Bison in Yellowstone National Park. Credit. NPS.gov.
Bison in Yellowstone National Park. Credit. NPS.gov.

From the National Park Service

What is the current bison population?

  • During July 2015, there were about 4,900 bison in the Yellowstone population following calving, including about 3,600 bison in the northern herd and 1,300 in the central herd.
  • In 2000, the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior and the Governor of Montana signed a court-mediated agreement that included guidelines to limit bison abundance near 3,000.
  • Biologists from the National Park Service (NPS) have proposed removing 600 to 900 bison near the northern boundary this winter to offset the population increase expected this year.

 

 

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