Yellowstone Bison: Conserving an American Icon in Modern Society
This book examines the history of bison conservation and management in the United States, compiles the latest scientific information about Yellowstone bison, and discusses both the opportunities for and challenges to plains bison conservation within the Greater Yellowstone Area and across their historic range. The authors outline the multi-jurisdictional partnerships tasked with successful bison management and offer a candid assessment for moving forward with bison conservation. The book is important not only for the information it provides, but for the framework it creates for engendering strong, diverse-stakeholder conservation partnerships in modern society. Published by the Yellowstone Association.
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The list below includes academic publications, government publications, management documents that inform the decision-making process at parks and protected areas, as well as links to websites that provide additional information relevant to Yellowstone bison.
Aune, K., J. C. Rhyan, R. Russell, T. J. Roffe, and B. Corso. 2012. Environmental persistence of Brucella abortus in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:253-261.
Beja-Pereira, A., B. Bricker, S. Chen, C. Almendra, P. J. White, and G. Luikart. 2009. DNA genotyping suggests recent brucellosis outbreaks in the greater Yellowstone area originated from elk. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45:1174-1177.
Bruggeman, J. E., P. J. White, R. A. Garrott, and F. G. R. Watson. 2009. Partial migration in central Yellowstone bison. Pages 217-235 in R. A. Garrott, P. J. White, and F. G. R. Watson, editors. The ecology of large mammals in central Yellowstone: sixteen years of integrated field studies. Elsevier, San Diego, California.
Cheville, N. F., D. R. McCullough, and L. R. Paulson. 1998. Brucellosis in the greater Yellowstone area. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.
Cross, P. C., E. K. Cole, A. P. Dobson, W.H. Edwards, K. L. Hamlin, G. Luikart, A. D. Middletown, B. M. Scurlock, and P. J. White. 2010. Probable causes of increasing brucellosis in free-ranging elk of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Ecological Applications 20:278-288. [Download PDF 1.2MB]
Cross, P.C, E.J. Maichak, A. Brennan, B.M. Scurlock, J. Henningsen, G. Luikart. 2013. An ecological perspective on Brucella abortus in the western United States. Revue Scientifique et Technique, Office International des Epizooties 32:79-87. [Download PDF 175KB]
Ebinger M. R., P. Cross, R. Wallen, P. J. White, and J. Treanor. 2011. Simulating sterilization, vaccination, and test-and-remove as brucellosis control measures in bison. Ecological Applications 21:2944-2959.
Frank, D. A., R. L. Wallen, and P. J. White. 2013. Assessing the effects of climate change and wolf restoration on grassland processes. Pages 195-205 in P. J. White, R. A. Garrott, and G. E. Plumb. Yellowstone’s wildlife in transition. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Freese, C. H., K. E. Aune, D. P. Boyd, J. N. Derr, S. C. Forrest, C. C. Gates, P. J. P. Gogan, S. M. Grassel, N. D. Halbert, K. Kunkel, and K. H. Redford. 2007. Second chance for the plains bison. Biological Conservation 136:175-184.
Gates, C. C., and L. Broberg. 2011. Yellowstone bison: the science and management of a migratory wildlife population. University of Montana Press, Missoula, Montana.
Gates, C. C., C. H. Freese, P. J. P. Gogan, and M. Kotzman, editors. 2010. American bison: status survey and conservation guidelines 2010. International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Gland, Switzerland.
Geremia, C., N. T. Hobbs, P. J. White, J. A. Hoeting, R. L. Wallen, F. G. R. Watson, and D. Blanton. 2014. Integrating population and individual level information in a movement model of Yellowstone bison. Ecological Applications, in press.
Geremia, C., P. J. White, R. A. Garrott, R. Wallen, K. E. Aune, J. Treanor, and J. A. Fuller. 2009. Demography of central Yellowstone bison: effects of climate, density and disease. Pages 255-279 in R. A. Garrott, P. J. White, and F. G. R. Watson, editors. The ecology of large mammals in central Yellowstone: sixteen years of integrated field studies. Elsevier, San Diego, California.
Geremia, C., P. J. White, R. L. Wallen, F. G. R. Watson, J. J. Treanor, J. Borkowski, C. S. Potter, and R. L. Crabtree. 2011b. Predicting bison migration out of Yellowstone National Park using Bayesian models. PLoS ONE 6:e16848. [Download PDF 285KB]
Halbert, N. D., P. J. P. Gogan, P. W. Hedrick, J. M. Wahl, and J. N. Derr. 2012. Genetic population substructure in bison at Yellowstone National Park. Journal of Heredity 103:360-370. [Download PDF 590KB]
Jones, J. D., J. J. Treanor, R. L. Wallen, and P. J. White. 2010. Timing of parturition events in Yellowstone bison—implications for bison conservation and brucellosis transmission risk to cattle. Wildlife Biology 16:333-339.
Kilpatrick, A. M., C. M. Gillin, and P. Daszak. 2009. Wildlife-livestock conflict: the risk of pathogen transmission from bison to cattle outside Yellowstone National Park. Journal of Applied Ecology 46:476-485. [Download PDF 780KB]
Kauffman, M., K. Boroff, D. Peck, B. Scurlock, W. Cook, J. Logan, T. Robinson, and B. Schumaker. 2013. Cost-benefit analysis of a reduction in elk brucellosis seroprevalence in the southern greater Yellowstone area. Report by the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Livestock Board, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and USDA-APHIS, Veterinary Services. Laramie, Wyoming.
Meagher, M. M. 1973. The bison of Yellowstone National Park. Scientific Monograph Series, NPS, Washington, D.C. [Link]
Meagher, M., 1986. Mammalian Species No. 266: Bison bison. American Society of Mammalogists 266:1-8 [Download PDF 1.5MB]
Meagher, M. 1989a. Evaluation of boundary control for bison of Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife Society Bulletin 17:15-19.
Meagher, M. 1989b. Range expansion by bison of Yellowstone National Park. Journal of Mammalogy 70:670-675.
Meagher, M., and M. E. Meyer. 1994. On the origin of brucellosis in bison of Yellowstone National Park: a review. Conservation Biology 8:645-653.
National Park Service & Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. 2013. Brucellosis Science Review Workshop Panelists' Report, February 26-28, Chico Hot Springs Resort. [Download PDF 1.5MB]
National Park Service. 2013. Monitoring and Research on Bison and Brucellosis. Yellowstone Center for Resources, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. 40 pp. [Download PDF 555KB]
National Research Council. 2002. Ecological dynamics on Yellowstone’s northern range. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.
Nishi, J. S. 2010. A review of best practices and principles for bison disease issues: Greater Yellowstone and Wood Buffalo areas. American Bison Society Working Paper number 3, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York.
Olsen S. C. 2013. Recent developments in livestock and wildlife brucellosis vaccination. Revue Scientifique et Technique, Office International des Epizooties 32:207-217.
Pérez-Figueroa, A., R. L. Wallen, T. Antao, J. A. Coombs, M. K. Schwartz, P. J. White, and G. Luikart. 2012. Conserving genomic variability in large mammals: effect of population fluctuations and variance in male reproductive success on variability in Yellowstone bison. Biological Conservation 150:159–166.
Plumb, G. E., P. J. White, M. B. Coughenour, and R. L. Wallen. 2009. Carrying capacity, migration, and dispersal in Yellowstone bison. Biological Conservation 142:2377–2387.
Rhyan, J. C., K. Aune, T. Roffe, D. Ewalt, S. Hennager, T. Gidlewski, S. Olsen, and R. Clarke. 2009. Pathogenesis and epidemiology of brucellosis in Yellowstone bison: serologic and culture results from adult females and their progeny. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45:729–739.
Roberts, T. W., D. E. Peck, and J. P. Ritten. 2012. Cattle producers’ economic incentives for preventing bovine brucellosis under uncertainty. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 107:187–203.
Sanderson, E. W., K. H. Redford, B. Weber, K. Aune, D. Baldes, J. Berger, D. Carter, C. Curtin, J. Derr, S. Dobrott, E. Fearn, C. Fleener, S. Forrest, C. Gerlach, C. C. Gates, J. E. Gross, P. Gogan, S. Grassel, J. A. Hilty, M. Jensen, K. Kunkel, D. Lammers, R. List, K. Minkowski, T. Olson, C. Pague, P. B. Robertson, and B. Stephenson. 2008. The ecological future of the North American bison: conceiving long-term, large-scale conservation of wildlife. Conservation Biology 22:252–266.
Schullery, P., and L. H. Whittlesey. 2006. Greater Yellowstone bison distribution and abundance in the early historical period. Pages 135–140 in A. W. Biel, editor. Greater Yellowstone public lands: proceedings of the eighth biennial scientific conference on the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth, Wyoming.
Schumaker, B. 2013. Risks of Brucella abortus spillover in the greater Yellowstone area. Revue Scientifique et Technique. Office International des Epizooties 32:71–77.
Schumaker, B. A., J. A. K. Mazet, J. Treanor, R. Wallen, I. A. Gardner, M. Zaluski, and T. E. Carpenter. 2010. A risk analysis of Brucella abortus transmission among bison, elk, and cattle in the northern greater Yellowstone area. University of California, Davis, California.
Treanor, J. J. 2012. The biology and management of brucellosis in Yellowstone bison. Dissertation, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
Treanor, J. J. 2013. Integrating ecology with management to control wildlife brucellosis. Revue Scientifique et Technique Office International des Epizooties 32:239–247.
Treanor, J. J. , C. Geremia, P. H. Crowley, J. J. Cox, P. J. White, R. L. Wallen, and D. W. Blanton. 2011. Estimating probabilities of active brucellosis infection in Yellowstone bison through quantitative serology and tissue culture. Journal of Applied Ecology 48:1324–1332.
Treanor J. J., J. S. Johnson, R. L. Wallen, S. Cilles, P. H. Crowley, J. J. Cox, D. S. Maehr, P. J. White, and G. E. Plumb. 2010. Vaccination strategies for managing brucellosis in Yellowstone bison. Vaccine 28S:F64–F72.
Treanor, J. J., P. J. White, and R. L. Wallen. 2013. Balancing bison conservation and risk management of the non-native disease brucellosis. Pages 226–235 in P. J. White, R. A. Garrott, and G. E. Plumb. Yellowstone’s wildlife in transition. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
White, P. J., J. J. Treanor, C. Geremia , R. L. Wallen, D. W. Blanton, and D. E. Hallac. 2013. Bovine brucellosis in wildlife—using adaptive management to improve understanding, technology, and suppression. Revue Scientifique et Technique Office International des Epizooties 32:263–270.
White, P. J., and R. L. Wallen. 2012. Yellowstone bison—should we preserve artificial population substructure or rely on ecological processes? Journal of Heredity 98:1–12.
White, P. J., R. L. Wallen, C. Geremia, J. J. Treanor, and D. W. Blanton. 2011. Management of Yellowstone bison and brucellosis transmission risk – implications for conservation and restoration. Biological Conservation 144:1322–1334.
White, P. J., R. L. Wallen, D. E. Hallac, and J. A. Jerrett, editors. 2015. Yellowstone bison—Conserving an American icon in modern society. Yellowstone Association, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. [Download 4.6MB PDF] [Download Executive Summary, 1.2MB PDF]