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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
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.”