The better of several bad alternatives

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 11:37:07 01/16/15

In Reply to: Shooting fish in a barrel posted by Brutus


You are spot on. Anyone that can't hit that large an animal that just stands there better consider a vegan lifestyle. Obviously, there is little, if any, sport in hunting Yellowstone bison in the Greater Gardiner Area.

On the flip side, the alternative is to return to the older policy of simply exterminating the animals en masse.

Now, some, particularly those not thoroughly familiar with the length and breadth of this issue, will argue that the much better alternative is to not kill them via any method. I agree philosophically, but know that until we see a softening of the position held by APHIS, Montana DOL, and the Montana Stockgrowers Association, we do not have a viable option of not removing bison that migrate out of the park, when the park herd numbers above 3,000. As it is, some critters may be transferred to Native American entities, who are willing to take them to augment existing herds or start a herd.

The other long term hope that I long for is the day that some scientist somewhere creates a 100% efficacious brucellosis vaccine. I am not advocating for inoculation of the Yellowstone bison, but for inoculation of domestic critters in the GYE.

BTW, congrats on your team's return to the top of the national heap. They did it in awesome fashion!


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