13 Apr '11, 10pm

Great News: Yellowstone's Bison Get More Room to Roam

Great News: Yellowstone's Bison Get More Room to Roam

The furry beast of the plains can finally dance a little jig, and – for the first time in many decades – it can bust those moves north of Yellowstone National Park. Yesterday, the federal, state, and tribal agencies that collectively manage Yellowstone’s bison population signed an historic agreement that gives these iconic animals access to tens of thousands of acres of habitat north of the Park. An attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho commented , “This is the most significant advance in recent times in tolerating bison outside Yellowstone.” Specifically, the Interagency Bison Management Plan agencies agreed to allow wild bison from the Park to roam the 75,000-acre Gardiner basin north of the Park during the winter and most of the spring. While bison will not be allowed to enter Paradise Valley north of the Yellowstone River’s Yankee Jim Canyon, they will have access ...

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