No target set for annual Yellowstone bison cull; officials plan to negotiate further

HELENA DORE Bozeman Daily Chronicle

WEST YELLOWSTONE — After a full day of discussions, state, federal and Tribal authorities who manage Yellowstone bison jointly under an interagency plan did not agree to a target number of animals to cull from the overall population this winter, and instead agreed to negotiate the issue further.

“I don’t know what to say, except that we’re not going to set a population (target) this year,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly near the end of an Interagency Bison Management Plan meeting on Nov. 30 in West Yellowstone.

While the agencies did not reach a decision, they agreed to work toward maximizing bison hunting and trapping opportunities at the border of the park based on conditions.

Mike Honeycutt of the Montana Department of Livestock rejected the idea of managing for an increasing bison population, and Quincy Ellenwood, representing the Nez Perce Tribe, rejected the idea of managing for a stable to decreasing bison population.

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