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THE OUTDOORS DIGEST | BRIEFS

Wild bison slaughtered to protect cattle

March 23, 2004|Rebecca Huntington

Yellowstone National Park officials say they have rounded up and slaughtered 264 wild bison -- the most in seven years -- in an attempt to protect cattle from disease.

An additional 198 bison are corralled until spring when they will be released. But the pen is full, so 57 animals were killed without testing for disease, according to the park service.

Bison wander beyond park boundaries in winter to find food, leading to conflicts with ranchers. Bison can carry brucellosis, a bacterium that infects elk and cattle. It causes pregnant females to abort and can cause fever in people, though the meat is safe if cooked properly.

The Montana-based Buffalo Field Campaign objects to the slaughter. "We should start calling it Yellowstone National Ranch," said Dan Brister, a spokesman for the group.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday March 24, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Infected bison -- An article in the March 23 Outdoors section erroneously said some bison in Yellowstone National Park carry an infectious bacterium called brucellosis. Brucellosis is the disease; the bacterium that causes the disease is Brucella.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday March 30, 2004 Home Edition Outdoors Part F Page 3 Features Desk 1 inches; 34 words Type of Material: Correction
Bison bacteria -- A story in last week's section said some bison in Yellowstone National Park carry an infectious bacterium called brucellosis. Brucellosis is the disease; the bacteria that causes the disease is Brucella.

Park service officials say they are bound by an agreement with Montana to prevent buffalo from crossing into the state from Yellowstone's western and northern borders. State and federal authorities have captured 464 bison inside Yellowstone to protect about 180 cows grazing on nearby lands. About 4,200 bison inhabit the park.

--Rebecca Huntington

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