BOZEMAN, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park biologists say bison numbers are down from last year after its largest cull in nearly a decade.

Parks spokesman Jonathan Shafer said in an email that biologists’ surveys counted about 4,800 bison that live in the park, 700 less than last year.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( ) state, federal and tribal government agencies are working to lower to the bison population at the park down to 3,000. More 1,200 were killed earlier this year through hunting and ship-to-slaughter operations.

Officials say a population report will be released later than usual because counts were not completed until August. Shafer says a full report should be out in a few days.

Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle,