Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More buffalo

And in further buffalo related news you might have seen this news story out yesterday. Apparently a harsh Yellowstone winter has led to the starvation of more than 700 buffalo. In addition more than 1,600 were shot by hunters according to National Park Service figures.

As a result, the park estimates its bison herd has dropped from 4,700 in November to about 2,300 today, prompting the government to halt the culling program early.

Government officials say the slaughter prevents the spread of the disease brucellosis from the Yellowstone bison to cattle on land near the park but the USDA acknowledges that bison-to-cattle transmission is difficult to document.

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