If you are having trouble viewing this email, please try our web version.
Daily Turtle Island News

For the best in National Native News read
Turtle Island News Daily National Native News every day, when it happens
Subscribe now

Advertise Local News National Press Releases Employment
Welcome to Canada's only National Native Daily Newspaper!
Turtle Island News is now providing the only national native news service delivered to your computer or cell each morning. For more indepth reporting go to www.theturtleislandnews.com. Contact us about news items, press releases and articles, sports stories, classified ads, events and subscription. With over 4 million hits to our Daily Edition and website, your advertising dollar goes a long way!
Support our partners at:
The Turtle Island News
About Us
Follow Us on
Follow Turtle Island News on Twitter
National Press Releases
Fence builds neighbours, Ontario divides
Reports of Interest
Federal Court Review Attawapiskat First Nation challenge Federal third party manager decision
Canada: The Aboriginal Economic Benchmarking Report

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yellowstone considers quarantine program for bison that would be used to start new herds

BILLINGS, Mon. - Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to capture and quarantine wild bison so disease-free animals can be relocated to create new herds outside the park, Yellowstone officials said Wednesday.

The announcement comes after the Department of Interior last month identified 20 parcels of public lands in 10 states that could be suitable for relocated Yellowstone bison.

Yellowstone's roughly 4,600 bison are prized for their pure genetics. But many carry the disease brucellosis, which can cause pregnant livestock to prematurely abort their young.

Thousands of park bison have been shipped to slaughter in recent years to control their numbers. Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said a quarantine program could offer some relief for those population pressures, and simultaneously advance the restoration of bison to new areas.

The quarantine facilities could be located inside the park, on tribal lands or elsewhere, park officials said.

Public meetings on the quarantine proposal are scheduled for Aug. 18 in Gardiner and Aug. 19 in Bozeman.

Comments will be taken through Sept. 12 and used to develop an environmental study of the proposal. Nash said there is no timeline for a decision.

A pilot quarantine program that began in 2005 has had mixed success. Efforts to relocate about 200 bison that were declared disease-free have been opposed by Montana landowners and ranchers, who worry the animals could compete with cattle for grazing space.

About 60 of those bison were moved during the past two years to the Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Indian Reservations in northeast and north-central Montana. The remaining disease-free bison are being held on a Bozeman-area ranch owned by media mogul and conservation advocate Ted Turner.

Sites being eyed for potential future herds include Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park, an Iowa wildlife refuge and a North Dakota national historic site. -CP-

Mohawk Trading Post
News Archives
For a full list of news archives, click here.
Your source for aboriginal information.
Subscribe to our other publications as well.
Aboriginal Business News MagazineTurtle Island News Pow Wow GuideChoices Education Magazine
Now Hiring
Assistant Deputy Attorney General
Aboriginal Justice Division
Toronto, ON
Apply August 25, 2014
Sales and Marketing Executive
Turtle Island News
Ohsweken, ON
Apply NOW
Digital Sales Executive
Turtle Island News
Ohsweken, ON
Apply NOW
Advertise on Canada's only national native newswire!
Letters to the Editor
MERX Tender Information is available by clicking on the logo MERX Tenders