Friday, January 28, 2011

Yellowstone Park managers release 62 buffalo-Reuters

By Laura Zuckerman

SALMON, Idaho | Sat Feb 27, 2011 10: 48 pm EST

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters)-Yellowstone National Park managers released 62 buffalo from a pen company Thursday, putting aside the fears of animal lawyers that animals may be slaughtered.

The Buffalo or bison, were among dozens of animals captured in the pen in Yellowstone at the beginning of January.

The Government has the option to kill buffalo crosses the boundaries of the Park, who wanders the plains of Montana, where they are not tolerated.

Yellowstone bison have high rates of exposure of brucellosis, a disease that causes cows abort. Industry leaders say Montana cattle could infect buffalo cows.

That would cause the State to lose the nomination of brucellosis that allows export of livestock without testing and maintaining the market value.

Wildlife managers seek to these concerns of cattle with an experiment to some of Buffalo Wild Yellowstone return to historic winter grazing grounds of balance.

Yellowstone spokesman said that Nash At the 62 bison released Thursday were pushed South Park in hopes will put.

"Today felt like a good day," he said.

Worried about the Government would truck bison slaughterhouses, the advocacy group Buffalo field campaign this week stepped up calls and e-mails, petitions to the Park to set free animals.

"We are pleased that have made the right decision. It is a real victory for bison, "said Dan Brister, head of the Buffalo field campaign.

Last week, 25 free bison were pushed North Park on open land in the Gallatin National forest in Montana.

Officers shot and killed a bison cow Monday after two days have resisted efforts to push back on public lands and after wranglers Government said that it acted aggressively.

(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Jerry Norton)

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