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Bison Hazing Could Impact Travel Along Yellowstone’s West Entrance Road

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avatar Bison Hazing Could Impact Travel Along Yellowstone’s West Entrance Road
June 01, 2011 04:55PM
Plans to move bison from around West Yellowstone, Montana, back into Yellowstone National Park could impact some travelers Thursday and possibly into the weekend.

Under the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP), bison that wander outside the park onto public and private lands in the West Yellowstone area during the winter and spring must be moved back inside park boundaries before cattle return to summer pasture.

The Montana Department of Livestock is heading up an interagency effort to haze approximately 500 adult bison and a number of calves-of-the-year east from the Horse Butte area across US-191 and back inside the park boundaries to an area known as Cougar Meadows starting on Thursday.

Hazing operations will involve moving bison moving south of Cougar Meadows along the Madison River and onto the road between West Yellowstone and Madison Junction.

To avoid traffic congestion due to moving bison for the next two to three days, visitors who plan to enter or exit the park through West Yellowstone are encouraged to do so before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m., and to use extreme caution if traveling the West Entrance road between these hours.

Yellowstone National Park has cooperated with its state, federal, and tribal partners under the IBMP since 2000 to conserve a viable, wild bison population while protecting Montana’s brucellosis-free status. More information on the IBMP can be found at http://ibmp.info/.
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