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Over 300 bison culled from Yellowstone NP herd this year

Posted at 7:20 AM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 09:20:41-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK –  So far this season, 305 bison have been captured or killed near Yellowstone National Park.

The Interagency Bison Management Plan for this season calls for 600 to 900 bison to be culled from the Yellowstone herd.

Ninety-six of the animals culled so far were taken by hunters. Most of those were tribal members who are allowed to hunt the bison outside the park under treaties with the U.S. government.

Another 209 bison were captured and slaughtered. The animals were then given to various tribes.

The Yellowstone bison herd was estimated at about 4,500 animals at the beginning of the winter. The optimal herd size for the park is set at about 4,000 animals.

-John Sherer reporting for MTN News