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U.S. Government Harasses The Last Wild Bison During Calving Season

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U.S. government agencies have abandoned their adherence to the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) by hazing, or driving, nearly all of the buffalo that are currently in Montana back into Yellowstone National Park, including heavily pregnant females and many newborn calves.

The official purpose of the hazing operations is to “limit the risk of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle”. However there are no cattle currently present in the West Yellowstone nor will any cattle arrive for well over a month. Brucellosis cross-infection is regarded as a fraud by wildlife experts. There are no recorded cases of wild bison transmitting the disease to livestock, even prior to implementation of the IBMP. The real motive is widely held to be furthering the interests of local landowners and cattle farmers.

The genetically unique Yellowstone bison are America’s only continuously wild herd, numbering fewer than 3,600 animals, compared with a peak population of 30 to 50 million. 1,912 bison have been killed since 2000 under the IBMP. Last winter Federal and State agencies killed or authorized the killing of more than 1,010 bison.


Written by Pete Smith

May 5, 2007 at 7:53 am

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  1. Americans believe in self expression, what they call ‘freedom’, above all else. They put this higher than the common good. Mix this individual freedom with the bible and all hell breaks loose.

    They’ll even destroy their own heritage and identity in order to be the all powerful super state. Killing off their bison for the sake of their beef industry I guess is sypmtomatic of this approach to ‘new world’ culture; here today gone tomorrow. What their art world calls modernism. What I sometimes call, bollocks.


    May 5, 2007 at 8:40 am

  2. Yes, Matt. That’s just how I would put it but I can hear Pete’s swear box clinking! 😀

    This is yet another example of US goverment agencies manipulating a situation to further their own political agenda…and to hell with the consequences.


    May 5, 2007 at 9:25 am

  3. >I can hear Pete’s swear box clinking!

    …. and blood pressure rising.


    May 5, 2007 at 10:15 am

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