Laramie, WY – More than three dozen bison were rounded up for slaughter inside Yellowstone National Park today. And that makes 889 bison captured this winter to protect nearby cattle ranches from disease.
Another 156 bison have been killed by state-licensed and tribal hunters.
That brings the total killed or awaiting slaughter this year to 1,045. That is the most in one winter since 1997, when 1,084 bison were killed.
Under a 2000 agreement state and federal officials capture bison as they leave the park in search of food at lower elevations because many bison carry the livestock disease brucellosis.
Critics have faulted the government agencies for continuing to slaughter bison, even in areas where cattle no longer graze.