Yellowstone National Park is capturing wandering bisons for possible slaughter as part of a population reduction programme, officials have said.

From Sunday any of the mammals found migrating outside the park will be held in pens for possible slaughter, and by midday on Monday six bison had been captured.

The animals were taken as they entered the Gardiner Basin along the Yellowstone-Montana border, park spokeswoman Linda Veress said.

State and federal officials carry out the reduction annually and wish to reduce the population by up to 900 animals this winter. Yellowstone Park currently contains around 4,900 bison. If the population expands the animals tend to take part in winter migration in search of food.

The reduction will also involve hunting, slaughter and placing animals into quarantine for relocation.

According to Yellowstone, due to high rates of survival and reproduction, the bison population is currently increasing by 10 to 17% per year.

Their website states: “We understand that many people are uncomfortable with the practice of capture and slaughter. We are too, but there are few options at this time.”

CBS Sunday Morning contributing videographer Judy Lehmberg reported: “Yellowstone managers have tried to deal with the large bison population for years, while at the same time attempting to appease both those who don't want any bison killed, and the hunters, ranchers and some locals who want the population controlled.”

Last August, Yellowstone announced that 55 male bison were transported to Fort Peck Indian Reservation in central Montana, where a fenced area has been designated for them.

Montana Indian tribes have been requesting "surplus" bison from Yellowstone to repopulate their reservations for years, CBS reported.

The transfer of the bison to Fort Peck was considered as a historic step for bison conservation.

“The transfer of these bison is the culmination of years of work by the NPS, the Tribes, the State of Montana, and APHIS,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly. “Quarantine is a critical component in bison management and the NPS is committed to expand and sustain this program.”

Responses to "Yellowstone National Park will slaughter thousands of genetically unique wild bison"

  1. Unknown says:

    Is the meat donated?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is there no limit to the arrogance of mankind that they have to kill everything that doesnt fit their standards of living. I get so sick of all the killing of animals, Red Wolves, Wild horses, now these Buffalo, because killing off the surplus is the answer to wildlife management. News flash, wildlife doesnt need management, they can get along without any help from humans, thank you very much! Call me silly, call me stupid, I dont care, but this is making me cry. This is a big country, instead of killing them, why cant they just relocate some of them? Oh wait, I know, relocating them costs too much, killing is easier and cheaper�� I dearly hope that when Jesus comes back, that He will hold accountable all those who have and are mutilating, killing, and destroying His Creation��

  3. Unknown says:

    Why can't you relocate rather than kill?

  4. Welfare trash again. The cattleman's association in cooperation with the paid off shill's in Washington,are destroying everything in their wake. You want to be a rancher then buy a ranch and keep your cows and sheep on your land. Not on mine at my expense.

  5. boxerbev says:

    WHY, JUST WHY??? You knew this could happen! You should've prepared for this! Why not give more to the Indian reservations and others who want them??

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