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This decision was made because of the fear of the bison transmitting brucellosis to cattle as they journey to Montana for the winter. Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted between livestock even though no cases have been found of bison doing so. In rare cases, it can even be transmitted to humans.
This is not an unusual decision as Yellowstone often allows hunters to kill a certain number of bison per year for “population control.”
Although this is a normal protocol done each year, it is a massive number in comparison to previous years. The thought of 900 bison being senselessly killed has left a bad taste in many people’s mouths.
These kinds of parks were put in place to protect certain species, and yet they often fuel the trophy hunting industry by allowing hunters to kill these animals. Thus, they are not only endangering bison, but also other species.
Sign this petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give Yellowstone’s bison the protected status they deserve!
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