Category Archives: Pleistocene Extinctions

Bison free at last!

Free at last, Free at lasst, OMG I’m free at last.

The argument is about brucellosis, the “contagious abortion” disease of ungulates. It is is transmitted by contact with the afterbirth. Yellowstone bison do test positive for brucellosis but they only roam outside of Yellowstone during the winter and calves are born in the spring, by which time, the bison have returned to their lush stomping grounds in Yellowstone.

Cattle catch brucellosis from elk. But cattle ranchers are generally hunters and often make money by letting people hunt elk on their land. So cattle ranchers don’t object to elk they hunt them and blame the brucellosis on bison. Sheesh!

Montana Governor sets bison free
Bison grazing in Yellowstone