WPR News
9:00 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Bison Kill Begins

Billings, Montana – Montana plans to capture and kill as many
as 300 Yellowstone National Park bison -- including as many as 100
calves -- in the wake of the state's first positive test for
brucellosis.
The state Board of Livestock says the move has been expedited to
help make sure Montana doesn't lose its brucellosis-free status,
which will happen if a second herd tests positive.
The board was told at an emergency meeting today that a large
number of bison are resisting hazing efforts in the West
Yellowstone area and won't stay in the park. Board members told the
state veterinarian that they would agree with her decision to
capture the animals.
The planned slaughter is unique because calves will be included
-- a potentially sticky political situation. Protesters are
promising a backlash.
Normally, state and federal officials capture and slaughter a
large number of bison in the winter.