Hunting: They Still Shoot Bison

They Still Shoot Bison

Though there are no documented cases of wild bison infecting cattle with brucellosis (which causes cows to abort their calves), Montana in 1985 decided to fight the disease by letting hunters kill bison that wandered out of Yellowstone National Park. The tactic aroused a national outcry. In the worst slaughter, two winters ago, hunters killed 569 of the park's 2,700 bison.

This year Governor Stan Stephens hopes to defuse some of the public anger when the shooting resumes. Under his new plan, hunters will be permitted to shoot only straying male bison. Federal park rangers and state game wardens will kill...

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