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lundi 8 février 2016

ESPERONS LA VICTOIRE POUR LES BISONS DU YELLOWSTONE

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 LE PROJET  D' ACCORDER 660 KM2 ENVIRON  D' ESPACE AUX BISONS AU MONTANA  A ETE APPROUVE!!!  
MAIS LE SUSPENSE DEMEURE.....

Back in the day, tens of millions of American bison, or buffalo, roamed the North American plains. By the turn of the 20th century, they numbered in the mere thousands.
So it comes with great pride and relief that the buffalo herd in Yellowstone National Park, which once fell to as low as a few dozen, now numbers more than the previous total North American buffalo population.
In fact, the number of buffalo roaming Yellowstone—some 4,900—has grown so large that the federal government has undertaken an annual culling to control the population. This year, government agencies plan to kill at least 600 to 900 animals in order to keep numbers manageable, a process that involves both killings by hunters and capturing for slaughter.
This can be a gruesome affair, and in recent years officials have prevented the public, including journalists, from observing and documenting the process. This does not sit well with a number of parties, not least of all animal rights activists, and in late January a journalist and a wildlife advocate asked a federal court to temporarily block the culling and slaughter of the buffalo, which is slated to start on Feb. 15.


In 2016, this may finally be starting to happen, as a plan has been approved to allow hundreds of bison to roam year-round on about 400 square miles of mostly public lands just west of Yellowstone in Montana.
“There is most certainly a way for the bison population to grow, for wild bison to restore themselves on the landscape, on their terms, and help recover not only themselves, but the prairies and grasslands they are such an intricate part of,” Seay said. “The habitat is there, there’s plenty of room on public and buffalo-friendly-private lands. It is only politics that are stopping it from happening.”