NO, they're just such a political hotpotato that no one wants any responsibilty for them. Several of us go down every year when they come off NPS and get a few to take home. This year the weather has been so weird they haven't really moved til the last few days, and now are out near gardiner.... so off we go.
No, I'm not grasping. I just read some news where New Mexico has some high fence up just to protect animals from getting onto the highway. They have funnels made with places the animals can cross. They have one way doors in the fence, so if an animal gets caught on the highway side and follows the fence, they can get off of the highway. There's good uses for high fence. Maybe, although, they're not liked much up there that is a place. What is this thread about?
I got the idea Lostagain was going to shoot buffaloe that the ranchers didn't want on their ranches. And that the buffalo are coming out of Yellowstone. If that's what's going on, you Montana people are shooting our public park buffalo. You need a fence or something bad.
Tom, 280, no the buffs were on state ground not any ranchers feed ground, the reason is the USDA regs state that for MT to keep its burri free status they need to manage the bison. The NPS doesn't have enough ground to support the herds of elk and bison they have, they rely on the charity of the neighboring states and the fed ground in those states, the elk are not a worry because they are BIG money from "hunters" while bison are really worrisome. The USDA regs are pretty screwed up and something drastic needs to change, basically the people for saving the bison need to put their money where their protests are and either buy up all the private ground and make the feds and the states give up ground to the NPS, or they need to get the USDA to grant an exception that bison do not count in the disease free bs. Most ranchers over there with allotments don't worry about the bison eating everything, b/c there is not that many,,, they are more worried about the USDA jerking the diseasefree status which is huge.
The bison we took were outa the park prob 12 miles and still heading north for better feed. I would like to thank ya tho for providing many families with good food.
The ones the state employees gather up go to a slaughterhouse to be killed and processed, in the past many went to C&C/McGinleys in Sheridan,where to this year I don't know. There is different options/ not sure which are going now, they were killed at a slaughterhouse and then auctioned off to the public, some were processed and given to different orgs....schools, tribes, food banks, prison etc...
The ones we just got, we took home to our families and neighbors.