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Yellowstone bison must be allowed to range freely on federal lands to the immediate north and west of the park. ... The bison capture facility within the park must be removed. ...

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The Memorandum of Understanding

  • All joint-lead agencies must agree on the planning procedures and plan contents at each stage of the planning process.

  • Strategy for bison management

    • Possible modified preferred alternative for the final environmental impact statement

  • Issues at hand

    • A population limit for bison in the preferred alternative

    • The ages and classes of Bison to receive the vaccinations

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  • Genetically imprinted to roam

  • Taxpayers/public property/leased to cattle ranchers

  • Bison/elk issue

  • Revenues generated for border communities for recreational use of the park contributes to the problem. ie snowmobiling-groomed paths


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Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act

  • Yellowstone bison must be allowed to range freely on federal lands to the immediate north and west of the park.

  • Management authority of bison within Yellowstone must be under the sole jurisdiction of the NPS

  • A land exchange on the north side of the park must be finalized so that the small, private cattle herd no longer grazes near key wildlife habitats.

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Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act (con’t.)

  • The bison capture facility within the park must be removed.

  • Agency officials must make reasonable efforts to allow Yellowstone bison, like other wildlife, to freely roam public lands through incentives and cooperative efforts with adjacent private landowners.

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Unnecessary Slaughter

  • Since 1985, more then 3,000 Yellowstone bison have been slaughtered

  • The slaughter is often preceded by lengthy hazing operations.

  • The operations are a result of a cooperative agreement between the NPS, the Montana Department of Livestock, and other state and federal agencies.

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The Reality of Disease Risk

  • There has never been a documented case of the transmission of brucellosis.

  • The transmission of the disease is further reduced.

    • Virtually all cattle have been vaccinated against brucellosis.

    • Cattle and bison generally do not occupy the same area at the same time.

    • Transmission occurs via fluids and tissues, with either a live birth or aborted fetus

  • The Yellowstone population is also the only continuously roaming wild bison herd in the United States.

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What You Can Do?

  • Please contact your U.S. representative and ask him or her to support the Hinchey-Bass Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. Let your legislators know that National Park Service rangers should be protecting these magnificent animals, rather than attempting to police a boundary that bison cannot recognize.

  • To identify your elected officials and learn how to contact them, call The HSUS at 202-955-3668, or visit The capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 can connect you with your U.S. representative and your two U.S. senators.