Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where the buffalo rooooaammmmm

Oh the poor buffalo.
GARDINER, Mont. (April 29) -- More than half of Yellowstone National Park's bison herd has died since last fall, forcing the government to suspend its annual slaughter program.

More than 700 of the iconic animals starved or otherwise died on the mountainsides during an unusually harsh winter, and more than 1,600 were shot by hunters or sent to slaughterhouses in a disease-control effort, according to National Park Service figures.

As a result, the park estimates its bison herd has dropped from 4,700 in November to about 2,300 today, prompting the government to halt the culling program early.
The debate on this is past my expertise. However, some bison are being slaughtered because of brucellosis, but I'd say the slaughter to "reduce competition for food" could be handled another way.

2 comments:

jp said...

but I'd say the slaughter to "reduce competition for food" could be handled another way.

HOW!

lms said...

Perhaps they could be moved to other parks, to even North Dakota's national buffalo museum and territory. Options do exist other than murdering the bison.