Fundraising ensures $1 million to expand Yellowstone Bison Conservation Program - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Fundraising ensures $1 million to expand Yellowstone Bison Conservation Program

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Yellowstone Reach have each raised $250,000 to support the expansion of Yellowstone National Park’s Bison Conservation Transfer Program. That $500,000 matches the $500,000 Yellowstone National Park has allocated toward the efforts, ensuring $1 million will be available.

“This program identifies brucellosis-free bison and moves them through a multi-year quarantine process with the goal of relocating them to select Tribal and public lands,” Yellowstone said on Wednesday.

The program saves bison from slaughter. Yellowstone partners with the Fort Peck Tribes, the InterTribal Buffalo Council, the State of Montana and nonprofit organizations for the program.

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“Expanding the capacity of this important program is one of our top wildlife conservation priorities,” Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said. “Our thanks to Yellowstone Forever, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and all donors who have helped make this a success. We’ve proven this model can work in cooperation with our U.S. Department of Agriculture, State, and Tribal partners and look forward to more progress in the future.” 

The funding will be used to help expand the project and increase the capacity at bison transfer facilities.

“New holding pens and other infrastructure improvements will allow nearly three times as many bison to enter the program, diverting more bison from being shipped to slaughter, and allowing the transfer of diseased-free bison from Yellowstone to their historic native ranges,” Yellowstone says.

The program began in 2019.

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