Montana Outdoors

Feb 8, 2011 9:10 AM by KPAX News Staff

Feds ask judge to stay out of bison slaughter issue

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Interior has asked a federal judge in Montana not to intervene in the pending slaughter of bison captured after migrating out of Yellowstone National Park.

Attorneys for the agency say that stopping the slaughter would allow bison to enter parts of Montana where they could spread brucellosis to livestock.

Federal officials also claim that the animals could cause property damage, compete with livestock for grazing and destroy crops.

There are currently nearly 400 bison being held in corrals along Yellowstone National Park's northern border.

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