Alternative 1: No Action — Continuation of the Current Interim Bison Management Plan
Adopting this alternative would continue current bison management as set forth in the 1996 Interim Bison Management Plan as defined by National Environmental Policy Act guiding regulations (40 CFR 1502.14). The interim plan relies on strict border enforcement to keep bison and cattle separate, and has no provision for the quarantine of bison. Bison are prevented from crossing the northern park boundary at Reese Creek because the adjacent land is private and occupied by cattle throughout the year. All bison captured at the
Bison are allowed in the Eagle Creek/Bear Creek area, a large tract of public (U.S. Forest Service) land north and east of Reese Creek. The Department of Livestock, with help from the agencies, maintains a boundary at Little Trail Creek/Maiden Basin hydrographic divide in the Eagle Creek/Bear Creek area. Bison moving north of this boundary and approaching private land in the Gardiner area are removed by agency personnel with the permission of the landowner.
Adjustments to the interim plan aimed at reducing the number of bison shot or shipped to slaughter were implemented beginning in 1997. These include increased emphasis on hazing bison back into the park, holding bison up to the capacity of the
Did You Know?
There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.