AR-News: (U.S.- Mt.) Yellowstone buffalo killing questioned
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Fri Mar 26 17:59:15 EST 2004
BUFFALO KILL TO CONTROL DISEASE QUESTIONED
Environmental Groups Dispute Risk to Cattle
The Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin, March 26, 2004; Page A03
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For most Americans, buffaloes are icons of an era when much of America was
wild and unspoiled. But to state and federal park officials around
Yellowstone National Park, the bison also represent the threat of
brucellosis, a disease that causes both buffaloes and cattle to
spontaneously abort their young. In an effort to protect susceptible cows on
ranches bordering the park, park rangers have been shooting a growing number
of the buffaloes that each winter wander out of the park in search of food.
So far this year, National Park Service and Montana Department of Livestock
employees have shot 278 of the roughly 4,200 wild buffaloes that roam the
park's confines. The program -- a boon to neighboring cattle owners and a
bane to environmentalists -- has been in place for nearly a decade. But as
the number of dead bison mount, criticism of the practice has grown.
"If people knew what's going on in Montana they would be appalled," said
Buffalo Field Campaign spokesman Ted Fellman, whose group that has
documented the roundup in an effort to halt it.
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