Underreported: America's Last Wild Buffalo

Thursday, May 22, 2008

America's last herd of wild buffalo are in Yellowstone. When they wander outside of park limits, they are vulnerable to "hazing" - i.e., capture and slaughter - because ranchers and the Montana Department of Livestock fear that the buffalo can transmit brucellosis to cattle. But some scientists and activist groups like the Buffalo Field Campaign say that the threat of brucellosis transmission is extremely low, and the buffalo are an essential part of the plains ecosystem and need to be protected. Journalist Christopher Ketcham has written an article about the fight over the buffalo in the June Harper's magazine.

Comments [5]

Barbara Ellen Ries from Tucson

They are hazing the wild horse population and interupting mothers fouling. They instill PTSD stress levels in animals which shorten their lives. We need to work together to have bill of rights for wild horses and Buffalo and save our sacred and jeweled symbols of the west.B. Ries

Jun. 29 2012 12:39 AM
hjs from 11211

how can bison be protected from hybridization.

May. 22 2008 01:20 PM
Steve from Baldwin, Long Island

Montana is an urban state, believe it or not. According to, agriculture, forestry and mining only account for 8% of the state's economy. Livestock comes to only $3 million in exports. The MT ranchers and farmers receive so much in federal subsidies, and their production is so low, we and our environment would greatly benefit if we just paid them to NOT do their job.

May. 22 2008 12:43 PM
j from nyc

bison also don't eat corn, processed, petroleum treated corn seed. MUCH better for all of us.

[sorry, forgot that before.]

May. 22 2008 11:45 AM
j from nyc

now that bison meat is becoming more popular [they sell it a TJoes, Kosher Cowboys, etc] is anyone trying to get the ranchers to switch over to using bison for meat, and would a domestic herd be safer from disease transmission if it mattered at all for human consumption?
i guess the test point here would be Ted Turner's herd[s] in Montana, and his restaurant[s].

bison require less anitibiotics, and water, right? so that's better for all of us, as far as I can tell.

May. 22 2008 11:43 AM

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