Yellowstone's Stephens Creek Facility Receives Bison
Contact: Tim Reid, 307-344-2170
National Park Service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tim Reid (307) 344-2170
Yellowstone’s Stephens Creek Facility Receives Bison
Yellowstone National Park received 52 bison at the Interagency bison capture facility at Stephens Creek late Friday evening. The bison were captured by the Montana Department of Livestock outside the park’s western boundary, and shipped to the facility near Gardiner. The bison will be held, fed, and watered for a short period and then released to return to the park.
Among the bison captured and shipped were 24 adult cows, 16 juvenile bulls under two years old, and 12 calves. Consistent with operations of the Stephens Creek facility and actions called for under the Interagency Bison Management Plan, juvenile bulls may be held at the capture facility when they are not considered to be a significant threat to other animals or to personnel managing the operation.
Additionally, 300 bison were hazed from the west boundary to the interior of the park on Friday. As of 8:30 a.m., Saturday morning, many of the bison had turned back and were again moving toward the west boundary. Hazing operations are likely through the weekend.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.