Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yellowstone Bison Benefit from This Herd Management

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yellowstone Bison Benefit from This Herd Management

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Regarding "Bison Bloodbath: Yellowstone Needs a Better Way to Cull the Herd" (Nov. 22 editorial):If you are going to tell the story, tell the whole story accurately.

When there is not enough grazing in the park, the bison break through cattle ranchers' fences and mingle with cattle herds. Bison carry a wasting disease that can be passed to healthy cattle. Ranchers are in the business to raise cattle for market. They do not need the expense of fence repair or loss of cattle due to disease.

Bison are huge and dangerous. While in the parks, I have driven among them as they crossed roads. It is impractical to drive a huge number of them into horse trailers.

The best way to kill them safely and without injury to humans is by rifle in the field.

The numbers of bison grazing on any tract must be within the numbers that land can support or bison will search for food. …

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