Yellowstone slaughters wild bison to shrink park’s herds

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has rounded up nearly 550 wild bison and most have been sent to be slaughtered as part of a bison population control program.

Park officials say 442 of the hulking beasts were consigned for slaughter. The meat will be distributed to American Indian tribes.

Another 270 or so bison were killed by tribal hunters and 105 are being held for potential relocation to other sites, according to figures released Friday. The culling happens under an agreement between federal and state officials to prevent the spread of the livestock disease brucellosis to cattle.

Officials want to reduce Yellowstone’s bison by 600 to 900 animals this year.

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