Bison

Bison hunts near Yellowstone unsafe, residents say

Once bison leave the park in the Gardiner Basin they can be legally killed during two winter seasons by state hunters, as well as by tribal hunters with treaty rights. Some tribal hunts extend into April. The problem has been that the areas where hunters have the easiest access to bison is relatively small and not far from residences.

University of Minnesota officials turn to bison herd to help ecosystem

(recreation.gov)MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota officials hope a herd of bison will help restore a threatened ecosystem in a nature reserve. More than 30 bulls immediately began to graze on grass when they were released into the 200-acre Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel on June 13, the Minnesota Daily reported. “To see animals be released like that…

Officials: Yellowstone superintendent shuffle shouldn’t sidetrack bison quarantine effort

(recreation.gov)BOZEMAN, Mont. — The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn’t disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison, officials said. The transfer of a group of bull bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation later this year should still be on track, Yellowstone bison program manager Tim Reid said. “I think there’s a world…

Guided hikes: In search of bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

(recreation.gov)WILMINGTON, Ill. — Visitors to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington in northeastern Illinois will soon be able to go on guided hikes to look for bison. The U.S. Forest Service says that, depending on the weather, what is called the Ranger Trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead will reopen on Saturday for the season. Volunteer rangers will staff…

After bison bounce back in Wyoming, state plans hunt

After a rebound in Wyoming’s bison population, the state Game and Fish Department is planning a hunt this fall. The agency announced at a meeting over the weekend that a bison hunt will take place between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 on the North Fork. Hunters will be allowed to harvest three animals each. State wildlife biologist Tony Mong said…

In Montana, 3 men plead guilty to illegally hunting bull bison

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Three men have pleaded guilty to the illegal hunting and wasting of bull bison north of Yellowstone Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Jesse Darr, Ryley Heidt and Peyton Simmons, all of Park County, were sentenced in justice court for unlawful possession. Each was ordered to pay fines and charges totaling $2,605 and each will lose…

More than 550 Yellowstone bison culled so far this winter

  BOZEMAN, Mont. — Wildlife officials say more than 550 Yellowstone National Park bison have been removed so far this winter in the annual program to limit the herd size. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that 328 animals have been shipped to slaughter and hunters have killed 234. Meat from slaughtered bison is distributed to Native American tribes. The aim…

Bison hunters experience slow season outside Yellowstone

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Hunters and bison managers are seeing a slow season as the Yellowstone National Park herds are largely not leaving the park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports hunters have killed less than 200 bison as of Friday, and none of the animals have been shipped to slaughter. Managers last year set a goal of removing between 600 and…

Judge: U.S. must reconsider Yellowstone bison protections

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge has ordered U.S. wildlife officials to reconsider a 2015 decision that blocked special protections for the iconic bison herds that roam Yellowstone National Park and are routinely subjected to hunting and slaughter. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said in a ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could not “simply pick and choose”…

Montana bison harvest at 70

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana wildlife officials say 70 bison have been shot by hunters so far this year. The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that 59 of those bison were killed on the west side near West Yellowstone, while 11 were killed in the Gardiner area. The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes killed 39 bison, while 24 were killed by state hunters. The…

In Montana, annual bison roundup is a quiet affair this time around

MISSOULA, Mont. — The big bull came into the small round pen with its tail sticking straight up in the air. The bison had been through this before. Only this time, there wasn’t a crowd of bystanders packed on the walkways above. There weren’t any shouts from behind or poles poking at it. And there weren’t any rattling cans or…

Yellowstone bison numbers down from last year

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park biologists say bison numbers are down from last year after its largest cull in nearly a decade. Parks spokesman Jonathan Shafer said in an email that biologists’ surveys counted about 4,800 bison that live in the park, 700 less than last year. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports state, federal and tribal government agencies are…

Buffalo could roam on Denver airport property

DENVER — A plan is in the works to allow bison from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to roam on 200 acres belonging to the Denver International Airport, airport officials said. The deal, if it goes through, would bring the bison right up to Pena Boulevard, the road that travelers take to the airport’s white-tented terminal, the Denver…

Alaska hiker recovering after bison attack in North Dakota

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — An Alaska man is recovering after being attacked by a bison while hiking in western North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Park official Eileen Andes says the 65-year-old hiker encountered the large animal after taking photos of a sunset. The man tried to walk around the bison but didn’t provide enough room. Andes says the bison apparently…