PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office says an appeals court has upheld the limited use of motor vehicles to retrieve lawfully taken elk and bison on the Kaibab National...
National Elk Refuge numbers down
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife manager have counted fewer elk and bison this winter on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson than in past winters.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The capturing of hundreds of bison in Yellowstone National Park began Thursday as part of a continuing effort to manage the herd's population in the...
5 Yellowstone bison transferred to Montana tribes
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Five bull bison from Yellowstone National park have been transferred to an American Indian reservation in northwest Montana under an effort to bolster herds of the animals...
Grand Teton Park bison to be moved for goring horses
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A herd of bison in northwest Wyoming will be moved to new rangeland because they have gored multiple horses on private land within Grand Teton National Park.
The Buckrail reports that about 100 bison will be moved Friday down U.S. 89, which will be temporarily closed between Moose and Moran.
Kentucky park taking bids for 4 bison
UNION, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have some unusual surplus property that's being made available for sale: four bison from Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County.
The Kentucky Department of Parks is accepting bids for the bison, which include a 4-year-old cow and three bulls, each younger than a year old. They will be sold together.
Officials report slow hunting season for Yellowstone bison
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Officials say mild weather and a lack of snowfall have allowed bison to largely stay inside Yellowstone National Park, resulting in only a few of the animals being hunted so far this winter.
Bison auction next month at Land Between the Lakes
GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — A bison auction is being held next month at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
A statement from the Friends of Land Between the Lakes says the auction will be held Feb. 2 at Land Between the Lakes Elk & Bison Prairie Corral. Plans call for about 40 bison to be sold including a mature bison bull, up to four mature cows, two young bulls, eight yearling bulls, eight to 10 yearling heifers and 17 calves.
Yellowstone plans to capture more than 600 bison
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials plan to capture 600 to 900 bison to slaughter this winter for the continuing effort to manage the herd's population.
The Billings Gazette reports Interagency Bison Management Plan partners signed Monday the agreement outlining the winter operations plan for the bison.
AP PHOTOS: Bison roundup conjures bygone days of US West
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once a year, hundreds of horseback riders gather on an island in Utah's Great Salt Lake to nudge bison toward holding pens in a roundup of one of America's largest and oldest public herds.
Bison have occupied Antelope Island, about 25 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Salt Lake City, for more than 120 years, after a dozen of them were brought there by a homesteader. Today, several hundred bison roam the island, which is now a state park.
Ted Turner purchases more grazing land in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A decade ago, billionaire bison rancher Ted Turner said his appetite for buying more grazing land in Nebraska was likely satisfied.
But now the state's largest private landowner, and second-largest individual landowner in the U.S., has surprised some people by purchasing another Sand Hills ranch, putting his holdings in Nebraska past the half-million-acre mark.
Montana tribe rejects bison transfer deal
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for a Montana tribe says it's not accepting a small group of wild bison from Yellowstone National Park because of burdensome conditions proposed by federal officials.
Zoo: Employee struck by bison; taken to hospital
POWELL, Ohio (AP) — Officials at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in central Ohio say a bison has struck and injured an employee who was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.
Zoo spokeswoman Patty Peters said in an email that the experienced zookeeper was struck by the bison Thursday while preparing to conduct a veterinary exam on the animal.
Other employees immediately contacted emergency responders who transported the zookeeper to a hospital.
Montana expands livestock disease vaccination area
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana livestock officials have expanded the area of the state where cattle are required to be vaccinated against the disease brucellosis, which is carried by elk and bison.
Russian experiment abandons plans to export Alaska bison
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Russian bio-engineering experiment has abandoned plans to export 12 Alaska bison because of difficulty finding a company capable of making the journey.
Alaska Native nonprofit acquires bison herd
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native nonprofit recently acquired a herd of bison as part of its grand plan for economic development.
Montana proposes closing area outside park to bison hunting
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials want to prohibit state hunters from shooting bison in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park where dozens of hunters can congregate for the chance at an easy kill.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said the area near Gardiner known as Beattie Gulch has become unsafe as hunter numbers increased.
- Jackson Hole DailyWildlife ‘all over the place’March 13, 2019
- Idaho State JournalYellowstone ready to capture bison, when weather cooperatesMarch 8, 2019
- Idaho State JournalQuarantined bison headed from Yellowstone to Fort PeckFebruary 23, 2019
- Jackson Hole DailySpreading the wealth of wild gameFebruary 21, 2019
Flint Hills center opening exhibit highlighting the buffalo
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — After a summer dedicated to the dinosaur, the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan is turning its attention to the buffalo.
"Bison: The Great American Icon," a National Endowment of the Humanities-sponsored exhibit, opened to the public Saturday and runs through Jan. 13.
To coincide with the exhibit, the center is planning a celebration of National Bison Day on Nov. 3.
Most of escaped bison herd back at northern Indiana farm
PLEASANT LAKE, Ind. (AP) — An owner of a bison herd that escaped from a northeastern Indiana farm says nearly all of the animals have been recovered after several days on the run.
Steuben (stoo-BEN') County officials warned residents to avoid approaching any of the 58 bison that escaped from Sunday from a fenced-in area at a farm near the rural community of Pleasant Lake about 30 miles north of Fort Wayne.
Herd of bison escape from Indiana farm, prompting warning
HAMILTON, Ind. (AP) — Police have warned residents of a northern Indiana community not to approach a herd of bison that escaped from a nearby farm.
The Steuben (stoo-BEN') County Sheriff's office says the bison escaped Sunday from a fenced-in area at a farm near Pleasant Lake, a village about 30 miles north of Fort Wayne.
Oregon man gets jail time for harassing Yellowstone bison
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — An Oregon man who said he and his buddy were on a "last hurrah" tour through national parks before he entered alcohol treatment was sentenced Thursday to 130 days in jail for his drunken behavior, including harassing a bison that had stopped traffic in Yellowstone National Park.
The Latest: Man senteced for harassing Yellowstone bison
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on an Oregon man being sentenced for drunken behavior in national parks (all times local):
An Oregon man who was sentenced for drunken behavior in two national parks in Wyoming said he and his buddy were on a "last hurrah" tour before he entered alcohol treatment.
Raymond Reinke's crimes drew national attention when at least one Yellowstone National Park visitor captured a video of him harassing a bison that had stopped traffic.
Outgoing Yellowstone boss says he feels he was punished
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — National Park Service officials told Yellowstone's departing superintendent that he wasn't being forced out over a disagreement with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, but Dan Wenk said Thursday he still believes he is being punished by being forced to move up his retirement.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the retirement of Yellowstone National Park's Superintendent (all times local):
The departing Yellowstone National Park superintendent says park service officials told him he wasn't being forced out of his job over a disagreement with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over bison management.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man who was arrested following disturbances in three national parks, including one in which a bison was harassed in Yellowstone, will remain jailed until his trial later this month, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The decision came as Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, pleaded not guilty to five charges stemming from citations issued in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks in late July.
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday.
Rangers looking for Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, found him causing a disturbance Thursday evening at the historic Many Glacier Hotel in the popular Montana park, the National Park Service said.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A plan to transfer wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to an American Indian tribe in northeast Montana faces possible delay.
The park is holding 89 bison in quarantine corrals to certify they are free of the disease brucellosis before they can be transferred to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee man will not be charged with trespassing or harassing wildlife after he was attacked while apparently trying to pet a wild bison.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An animal rights group plans to protest outside the northern Utah amusement park Lagoon this weekend in response to the death of an elk at the park's zoo.
The Utah Animal Rights Coalition said it wants the park to relocate their wild animals to accredited sanctuaries following a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing an elk had to be euthanized after it crawled through a gap in an enclosure fence and was injured by a bison cow.
Bison knocks over Yellowstone construction worker
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A construction worker in Yellowstone National Park had a run-in with a bison this past week.
Park spokesman Neal Herbert tells KULR-TV the man was working east of Fishing Bridge on Thursday morning when a bison knocked him to the ground.
The man was taken to a clinic but Herbert says he did not know the extent of his injuries.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's environment minister has angered environmentalists after saying he favors reducing the number of protected species including elk and bison because some of the animals damage crops — but he added it isn't easy in an age of "excessive sensitivity to animal protection."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota officials hope a herd of bison will help restore a threatened ecosystem in a nature reserve.
More than 30 bulls immediately began to graze on grass when they were released into the 200-acre (80-hectare) Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel on June 13, Minnesota Daily reported .
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats in Congress pressed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent, who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn't disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison, officials said.
The transfer of a group of bull bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation later this year should still be on track, Yellowstone bison program manager Tim Reid said.
North Dakota author Francie Berg's last book about the American buffalo was a guide for adventurers eager to get out on back roads to see the historic sites where the great animal once flourished. Then she found she had more to say.
The result is "Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains," a deeper dive into the stories and trails of the last book, with colorful illustrations, historic paintings and photographs for the history buff who may never leave her armchair.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new superintendent was named Wednesday to Yellowstone National Park, one of the crown jewels of the U.S. park system, after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump administration following a dispute over bison.
Cameron "Cam" Sholly will replace Dan Wenk, who has been superintendent since 2011.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Three people have been hurt by wildlife at Yellowstone National Park in four days.
The Daily Chronicle in Bozeman, Montana, reports two women were attacked by elk on June 3 and June 5 in the Mammoth community in the northwestern part of the park.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Thursday that he's being forced out in an apparent "punitive action" following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers in neighboring Montana.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A bison has gored a woman for the third animal attack in Yellowstone National Park this week.
Yellowstone officials say a crowd got too close to the bison Wednesday in the Lower Geyser Basin.
The bison charged the crowd, goring 59-year-old Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa, California. Hancock was taken to a hospital with a hip injury and was in good condition.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown has welcomed a special addition to its herd.
Museum Director Ilana Xinos (il-AH'nah ZEE'-nohs) says a white female cow was born at Shirek Buffalo Ranch in Michigan, North Dakota. She's a descendant of White Cloud, who lived with the herd at the National Buffalo Museum for 20 years.
Auctioned bison herd to stay in Oklahoma
FOSS, Okla. (AP) — More than 60 bison auctioned off by Oklahoma will stay in the state after two Indian tribes made the winning bid of about $88,000.
The herd had roamed the grasslands of Foss State Park, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City but was put up for auction after drought conditions meant costly purchases of hay were required to feed the animals.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes made the winning bid.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A bison calf born in a lab through in-vitro fertilization and introduced to a conservation herd has died.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A dozen bison from a ranch near Delta Junction are being sent to Russia in an attempt to recreate an ice age ecosystem in eastern Siberia.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials shut down an experiment on diseased wildlife from Yellowstone National Park after inspectors questioned government protocols for handling infected bison.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture program in southcentral Montana examined whether administering birth control to bison would reduce transmissions of the disease brucellosis.
CHIMACUM, Wash. (AP) — A 72-year-old man has been charged with animal cruelty after seven starving bison were removed from a Chimacum Valley Field last month.
The Peninsula Daily News reported Thursday that seven of the eight animals were removed April 25 and taken to Center Valley Animal Rescue in Quilcene by order of Jefferson County.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is launching a new program to capture and quarantine wild bison with the goal of establishing new, disease-free herds across the nation, park officials said Tuesday.
The program aims to help the conservation of the species by relocating wild Yellowstone bison to "suitable public and tribal lands" after they pass rigorous testing for disease, according to the National Park Service's decision.
FOSS, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is auctioning off a herd of about 55 bison to the highest bidder as part of its state surplus program.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park's booming bison population, which has strained resources and created problems for nearby ranchers, is expected to reach a level that park officials would like to maintain despite being much higher than the official population goal.
Bison numbers peaked at about 5,500 in 2016, leading to 2,300 animals being hunted and slaughtered after leaving the protected national park in search of food during the past two winters.