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February 13, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming No Comments
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The Buffalo Field Campaign yesterday released a statement saying Yellowstone National Park had initiated their 2014 wild bison slaughter.  The activist organization said the Park shipped 20 bison to slaughter.  The release said 25 bison were captured Friday in the Stephens Creek bison holding area and after being confined there for five days, and 20 of the bison were handed over to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, who will slaughter them. While that’s true, Park Spokesman Al Nash explains the 25 bison actually had not been trapped or hazed into the holding facility.  He says 25 bison Friday walked into the Stephens Creek facility on their own and park personnel simply closed the gate behind them.  He says 20 of those were transferred to the tribes Monday and they will take them to slaughter. Nash emphasized that the Park has not begun hazing the bison into the facility. However, herd reduction measures will take place later this year.  Yellowstone has set a “population target,” or objective, of 3,000 to 3,500 animals. The current bison population numbers approximately 4,400.

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