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Yellowstone Bison May Need To Be Slaughtered

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -

A Yellowstone National Park spokesperson says park managers might have to ship as many as 600 bison to slaughter if the harsh winter conditions persist.

Spokesperson Al Nash says the move would be to encourage large migration of the bison into Montana.

So far only 60 to 70 bison potentially have moved to the northern part of the park this winter.

An agreement between the state and the federal government keeps the population at 3,000. In June, there were 4,600 bison. The spokesperson says Yellowstone must reduce the population periodically to keep too many of the animals from going into Montana and to prevent disease.

If they have to be slaughtered, the bison meat would be given to local Indian tribes.