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July 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Six months after canceling a planned bison hunt because of concerns about bad publicity, the state's wildlife commission has approved a revised hunt of bison that leave Yellowstone National Park. The hunt will allow up to 50 bison to be killed over a three-month period in southern Montana, a spokesman for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said in Billings.
October 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
More than 6,000 people, most of them Montana residents, have applied for 24 licenses to hunt the state's bison for the first time in 15 years, wildlife officials said Monday. Last month, wildlife commissioners approved a three-month hunt of bison that leave Yellowstone National Park and enter southern Montana. Friday marked the deadline to apply for a license. A drawing will be held next week, said Tom Palmer of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "It's a real hunt.
April 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Genetically speaking, bison in Yellowstone National Park are the pure stuff, a Texas geneticist says. But most of the bison in North America are part beef cow. "A whole lot of bison out there have cattle genes," said James Derr of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Of the estimated 300,000 bison living in North America, only about 15,000 live in herds that Derr has found to be genetically pure.
January 29, 2009 | Associated Press
A software executive has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for authorizing the slaughter of 32 of his neighbor's bison that wandered onto his Colorado ranch. Jeff Hawn of Austin, Texas, pleaded guilty in November to criminal mischief and animal cruelty. He was sentenced Wednesday. Prosecutors say Hawn gave 14 hunters permission to hunt the bison on his Park County land. The carcasses were found in March.
May 8, 2011 | By Jenna Portnoy, Morning Call
The bison herd at Trexler Nature Preserve owes Kelly Craig a debt of gratitude. "I just wanted to know, why don't we have any baby bison?" Craig said she often wondered during frequent visits to commune with the peaceful yet ferocious creatures. She did a little research and learned the nine females — or cows — at the eastern Pennsylvania preserve were on birth control. The family planning practice prevented any bouncing baby bison surprises, but it also meant a vital link to Lehigh County's heritage would eventually disappear.
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.
November 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The first humans in the Americas may be off the hook in the latest twist of a prehistoric whodunit: the crash of bison populations thousands of years ago. Proponents of the overkill theory say the first Americans hunted bison within a whisper of disappearance. Humans are also thought to have wiped out woolly mammoths, short-faced bears and North American lions. But DNA evidence shows that climate was to blame, researchers reported in the journal Science.
September 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The state's wildlife commission approved a plan that would allow hunters to kill up to 50 bison that leave Yellowstone National Park on their winter forage. The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved hunting over a three-month period, beginning Nov. 15. Hunters will be required to undergo training to prepare them for killing the animals and encounters with protesters and news reporters, among other things.
Residents of this Northwest Territories town of 2,000 like to call the spruce forests and salt plains spreading out around them "the cradle of bison recovery in Canada." For about 4,000 bison roam the meadows near Ft. Smith, and virtually every wood bison in the world today can trace its ancestry back to this herd. This year, however, the so-called cradle of bison is slated to become a bison graveyard. Veterinary pathologists want to track down each and every one and shoot them dead.
November 14, 2003 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Santa Catalina Island bison experienced wintry weather first-hand Thursday as they completed a 31-hour road trip and reached the open prairies of South Dakota. The 104 bison -- commonly referred to as buffalo -- were unloaded at the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Lakota Indian reservations in north-central South Dakota, ending a months-long effort by animal welfare advocates to transport them to the Northern Plains, where their ancestors lived.
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