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Bison Organ Thrower Found Guilty

October 8, 1997

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ An animal-rights activist was found guilty Tuesday of assaulting Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and Sen. Conrad Burns by throwing a 5-gallon bucket of bison entrails on them during a public meeting.

Delyla Wilson said she didn’t regret the incident last March in the Yellowstone National Park gateway community of Gardiner.

She testified she threw the entrails on the table where the men were sitting but did not intend to splash Glickman or Burns, R-Mont., with the gore or assault them.

``I regret it turned out this way,″ Wilson said after the federal jury issued its verdict. ``But I think it still served a purpose.″

Wilson has actively opposed the killing of bison from the national park when they enter Montana. The state says the executions are necessary to prevent the spread of brucellosis, a disease that infects bison and elk in Yellowstone. It causes domestic cattle to abort and can result in undulant fever in humans.

Last winter, nearly 1,100 bison were shot or shipped to slaughter when they moved out of Yellowstone.

Wilson was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor congressional assault. She faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $200,000 fine when she is sentenced Jan. 7.

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