Yellowstone's annual bison slaughter begins

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WY-Yellowstone plans to slaughter between 600 and 800 bison before spring, according to park spokesman Al Nash. "We're going to seek opportunities to capture any animals that move outside the park's boundaries," he said. Yellowstone has set a "population target," of 3,000 to 3,500 animals.

This is the first time Yellowstone has turned bison over to the tribes under the slaughter agreements. According to James Holt, a Nez Perce Tribal Member and a member of the Buffalo Field Campaign's (BFC) board, "It is disheartening to see tribes support these activities."