2 environmental studies could increase freedom for bison migrating from Yellowstone park


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BOZEMAN, Montana — The snows inside Yellowstone National Park haven't been enough to prompt the bison to leave the park boundaries yet, but discussion about what to do with the bison outside the park hasn't lessened.

Ranchers in the area fear bison from the park will spread disease to domestic cattle herds and support hunting or capture-and-slaughter as control the bison.

But conservationists don't like the practice of killing the bison.

The Bozeman Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/13nunqD) that two imminent changes may lead to better possibilities in the future.

One involves opening national forest areas with no cattle to bison year-round and the other involves new ways to manage Yellowstone bison overall.

Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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