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    Thursday, April 17, 2008

    1,436 to 2,300 Yellowstone buffalo left

    Today, the National Park Service and the state of Montana made some major announcements about the buffalo slaughter in Yellowstone National Park. One of the announcements that they made was that the slaughter for the season is over on both boundaries, though hazing operations will continue.

    In light of that, Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) put out their weekly report, in which they said that the National Park Service has claimed that there are now only 1,436 buffalo alive. According to an email correspondence with BFC, they are now claiming that the number is 2,300 and that they miscalculated the number. So, the number of dead is not clear, but over half have died and perhaps more than two-thirds (down from 4,700). Winter in Yellowstone is not over; we expect a major storm this weekend. What will be the final census?

    For public information, I wanted to share the IBMP report regarding bison. Here is the pdf version of that report.

    ***

    YELLOWSTONE BISON POPULATION MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

    This report summarizes management activities associated with implementation of the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Bison Management Plan for the State of Montana and Yellowstone National Park for the time period 1 September 2007 through 31 August 2008. The reporting period for this summary is 1 April through 15 April 2008.

    PARKWIDE DISTRIBUTION:

    In the interior some mixed groups, totaling ~230, moving around Hayden Valley, the Lakeshore and in Pelican Valley. There are approximately 540 bison in the Geyser Basins. There are approximately 58 bison out of the park, west of Hwy 191 and on Hwy 191 itself. There are approximately 88 bison between 191 and Cougar Meadows inside the park. On the Northern Range bison are primarily utilizing Blacktail and Hellroaring slope with limited, but increasing use of Little America. There are now roughly 170 bison on Blacktail Deer Plateau. There has been some movement east from Gardiner to Blacktail with 3 radio collared bison, but movement has continued to the North, including two radio collared bison from Swan Lake. There are approximately 350 bison in the Gardiner basin, including ~135 in the Eagle Creek area.

    HAZING OPERATIONS:

    Hazing operations that occur near the North and West Boundaries are primarily conducted and reported by the YNP Division of Resource Management and Visitor Protection and MT Department of Livestock, respectively.
    North Boundary Area: 15 hazing events were reported this period.

    * Once again hazing has occurred daily. Many of the hazing reports have not been filed yet because the officers in charge are working overtime every day with hazing and capture operations. The days that hazing occurred are still listed and information regarding those days will be included when information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Every day from 1 April through 15 April: information regarding the hazing conducted on these days will be reported when available.

    West Boundary Area: 0 hazing events were reported this period.

    CAPTURE OPERATIONS:

    Capture operations that occur near the North and West Boundaries are primarily conducted and reported by the YNP Division of Resource Management and Visitor Protection and MT Department of Livestock, respectively.

    North Boundary Area: 281 bison were reported captured this reporting period

    Adding the numbers below comes to an estimated total of 1619 bison captured.

    Working backwards using numbers of bison shipped, held, sent to quarantine, etc. comes up with 1645 bison captured and is probably a more accurate estimate for total bison captured at Stephens Creek Capture Facility.

    8 Feb: 54 bison captured 18 March: 35 bison captured

    10 Feb: 42 bison captured 19 March: 4 bison captured

    11 Feb: 4 bison captured 21 March: 120 bison captured

    12 Feb: 44 bison captured 22 March: 95 bison captured

    15 Feb: 31 bison captured 25 March: 61 bison captured

    18 Feb: 100 bison captured 28 March: 35 bison captured

    20 Feb: 15 bison captured 29 March: 33 bison captured

    25 Feb: 190 bison captured 30 March: 23 bison captured

    26 Feb: 18 bison captured 1 April: 119 bison captured

    27 Feb: 19 bison captured 4 April: 40 bison captured

    28 Feb: 123 bison captured 9 April: 120 bison captured

    2 March: 12 bison captured 13 April: 2 bison captured

    6 March: 106 bison captured

    7 March: 87 bison captured

    8 March: 76 bison captured

    10 March: 11 bison captured

    *10 April: 15 bison escaped from the Stephen’s Creek Capture Facility during a sorting procedure due to improper gate closure/latch failure.

    West Boundary Area: 39 bison were reported captured this reporting period

    26 Feb: 30 bison captured

    4 March: 51 bison captured

    5 March: 13 bison captured

    11 March: 13 bison captured

    8 April: 34 bison captured (Horse Butte)

    9 April: 5 bison captured (Duck Ck)

    Bison Transported to Slaughter

    Boundary

    Bison to Slaughter this reporting period

    Total to Slaughter (Sept 1 – pres)

    West

    39

    146

    North

    263

    1276

    Total

    302

    1422

    Stephen’s Creek Stephen’s Creek cont. Horse Butte

    11 Feb: 37 shipped 25 March: 20 shipped 27 Feb: 30 shipped

    12 Feb: 30 shipped 26 March: 22 shipped 5 March: 38 shipped

    13 Feb: 16 shipped 27 March: 16 shipped 6 March: 26 shipped

    14 Feb: 44 shipped 28 March: 16 shipped 12 March: 13 shipped

    15 Feb: 17 shipped 31 March: 20 shipped 9 April: 17 shipped

    19 Feb: 31 shipped 1 April: 13 shipped 10 April: 22 shipped

    20 Feb: 55 shipped 2 April: 34 shipped

    21 Feb: 60 shipped 3 April: 20 shipped

    26 Feb: 48 shipped 4 April: 37 shipped

    27 Feb: 69 shipped 7 April: 15 shipped

    28 Feb: 68 shipped 8 April: 45 shipped

    3 March: 69 shipped 9 April: 40 shipped

    4 March: 14 shipped 11 April: 18 shipped

    5 March: 62 shipped 14 April: 21 shipped

    11 March: 59 shipped 15 April: 20 shipped

    13 March: 61 shipped

    14 March: 25 shipped

    17 March: 57 shipped

    18 March: 62 shipped

    20 March: 21 shipped

    21 March: 14 shipped

    Bison Transported to Quarantine:

    Boundary

    Bison to Quarantine this reporting period

    Total to Quarantine (Sept 1 – pres)

    West

    0

    0

    North

    38

    112

    19 March: 37 transported

    25 March: 14 transported

    26 March: 12 transported

    27 March: 11 transported

    1 April: 6 transported

    3 April: 15 transported

    7 April: 4 transported

    8 April: 9 transported

    14 April: 4 transported

    Capture Pen Mortalities:

    Boundary

    Capture Pen Mortality this reporting period

    Total Pen Mortality this operating season

    (Sept 1 – pres)

    West

    0

    0

    North

    4

    7

    13 April: 3 newborn calves died from natural causes (they were born on the 9th and 10th)

    14 April: 1 adult cow (mother to one of the calves listed above) died from natural causes

    Other Information:

    Newborn Calves held at Stephens Creek: 1

    Seropositive Pregnant Cows held at Stephens Creek: 18

    Radio Collared Cows not tested but held at Stephens Creek: 26

    Total Bison being held at Stephens Creek for spring release: 238

    INTERAGENCY BISON MANAGEMENT PLAN SHOOTING OPERATIONS:

    Boundary

    Bison Shot this reporting period

    Total Shot this operating season

    West

    0

    0

    North

    6

    6

    11 April: 5 bulls shot near Carbella fishing access, west of Yankee Jim Canyon

    11 April: 1 bull shot near milepost 5 on Hwy 89

    HUNTER HARVEST:

    The numbers are from reports by FWP wardens/biologists, hunters, NPS employees and BFC.

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bison Hunt (Nov 15 – Feb 15)

    Boundary

    FWP Hunter Take this reporting period

    Total FWP Hunter Take this operating season (Nov 15 – pres)

    West

    0

    50

    North

    0

    13

    Total

    0

    63

    Native American Tribal Treaty Right Bison Hunts

    Boundary

    Nez Perce Hunter Take this reporting period

    Total Nez Perce Hunter Take this operating season

    (Jan 26 – Mar 3?)

    Confederated Salish and Kootenai Hunter Take this reporting period

    Total Confederated Salish and Kootenai Hunter Take this operating season (Nov 15 – Jan 31)

    West

    0

    19

    0

    38

    North

    0

    45

    0

    1

    Total

    0

    64

    0

    39


    2007

    West

    September

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2007

    North

    September

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2007

    West

    October

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2007

    North

    October

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2007

    West

    November

    1-14

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2007

    North

    November

    1-14

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2007

    West

    November 15-30

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    10

    2007

    North

    November 15-30

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    2007

    West

    December 1-15

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    4

    2007

    North

    December 1-15

    1

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    4

    2007

    West

    December 16-31

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    14

    2007

    North

    December 16-31

    1

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    3

    2008

    West

    January

    1-15

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    26

    2008

    North

    January

    1-15

    1

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    Table continued on next page.

    Year

    Boundary

    Month

    Hazing Events

    Mngmt Shootings

    Total Captured

    Captured &Tested

    Slaughtered & Not Tested

    Slaughtered & Tested Positive

    Slaughtered & Tested Negative

    Released/Held & Tested Negative

    Released & Not Tested

    Vaccinated

    Quarantine

    Capture/Pen Mortality

    Hunter Take

    Year

    Boundary

    Month

    Hazing Events

    Mngmt Shootings

    Total Captured

    Captured &Tested

    Slaughtered & Not Tested

    Slaughtered & Tested Positive

    Slaughtered & Tested Negative

    Released/Held & Tested Negative

    Released & Not Tested

    Vaccinated

    Quarantine

    Capture/Pen Mortality

    Hunter Take

    2008

    West

    January

    16-31

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    23

    2008

    North

    January

    16-31

    2

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    3

    2008

    West

    February

    1-13

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    16

    2008

    North

    February

    1-13

    7

    0

    144

    18

    82

    0

    1**

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    7

    2008

    West

    February

    14-29

    0

    0

    30

    0

    30

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    9

    2008

    North

    February

    14-29

    5

    0

    496

    0

    375

    0

    17**

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1`

    39^

    2008

    West

    March

    1-14

    0

    0

    77

    0

    77

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    5

    2008

    North

    March

    1-14

    13

    0

    292

    0

    290

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2***

    1

    2008

    West

    March

    15-31

    1

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2008

    North

    March

    15-31

    18

    0

    406

    201

    187

    61

    0

    66

    0

    0

    74

    0

    0

    2008

    West

    April

    1-15

    0

    0

    39

    0

    39

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2008

    North

    April

    1-15

    15

    6

    281

    321

    126

    137

    0

    127

    0

    24

    38

    4*

    0

    Summary

    64

    6

    1765

    540

    1206

    198

    18

    193

    0

    24

    112

    7

    166

    ** Seronegative calves, 17 were held for several days pending transport to the Quarantine facility. Due to permit issues the study could not accept the calves and they were shipped to slaughter.

    ^ Includes 2 bison that were shot inside YNP on 2/29/08 by members of the Nez Perce Tribe. The bison carcasses were confiscated.

    ` Represents calf that suffered a broken leg due to a collision with a snowmobile on Swan Lake.

    ***Represents 1 cow bison that came into the capture pen with a broken leg or hip, cause unknown.

    *Includes 3 newborn calves that died 4 and 3 days after birth, and 1 of the mothers that died the day after from natural causes.

    1 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    1,436 to 2,300 Yellowstone buffalo left

    now if we culd just get rid of the rest of them we could get rid of the activists too

    4/30/08, 12:30 PM  

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