WPR News
1:22 pm
Wed January 19, 2005

Montana Governor Has New Yellowstone Bison Proposal

Helena, MT – Montana's new governor has a new idea for eliminating brucellosis in the Yellowstone National Park bison herd. Brian Schweitzer's plan would do away with the current management of park bison. Under that practice, animals that leave Yellowstone are hazed back in. Those that cannot be forced back are rounded up and tested for brucellosis, with those testing positive destroyed. Governor Schweitzer says that approach simply isn't working and isn't a long-term, sustainable solution. Schweitzer's proposal would be to put every bison through a quarantine facility. Those that test positive for brucellosis would be tagged and hunted or destroyed. Bison that test negative would be moved away from the park and some years later would be reintroduced as a clean herd.