Fact Sheet
Bison

What Defenders is Doing to Help

Stopping the Bison Slaughter
Defenders of Wildlife is helping to find more places for bison to roam as wildlife. In Montana, we are working with Native American tribes to make room for wild bison on tribal lands, as well as putting pressure on state and federal agencies to relocate “surplus” Yellowstone bison to start herds in new areas, rather than slaughter these bison as they leave the safety of Yellowstone. Read more >

Reducing Conflicts
Defenders has also been working with landowners in Gardiner Basin and Hebgen Basin near the north and west entrances to Yellowstone to come up with ways to live with bison that wander outside the park. To date, Defenders has chipped in more than $100,000 for fencing and other related project costs to help restore bison to tribal lands and to allow them to wander safely outside Yellowstone.
 

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Bison with calf, © Diana LeVasseur
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Bison, © Walter Novak
Success Stories
April, 2014 - A Montana court finally determined that the wild bison of Yellowstone, an animal that has roamed the continent for millennia, are indeed wild animals. This legal distinction has great value for the future of bison restoration.
How You Can Help
Each year, as wild bison wander beyond the borders of Yellowstone National Park in search of food, Montana livestock officials demand that these iconic animals be rounded up and shipped to slaughter houses to keep them out of Montana and to keep their numbers low.