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I love how the Bison are overpopulated in Yellowstone but the writer shows his distain for the hunting of Bison to reduce the overpopulation by calling it slaughter.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hunters have killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this year than they have in decades.

Driven by strong participation from Native Americans, roughly 250 bison have been killed after leaving Yellowstone for low-elevation winter range in Montana.

Tribal and state officials said Friday the hunt results should provide some relief for the park's burgeoning population of the animals.

That means there's unlikely to be a repeat this year of the wholesale slaughters that have killed thousands of bison over the last two decades in the name of disease control. Officials say a limited slaughter is still possible.

The tribal hunts, conducted under long-standing treaty rights, are expected to continue through the end of March.

State-licensed hunters took 37 bison during a season that ended Feb. 15.
 

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I was in the park in June '11 and could not believe how many bison were there. All over. Way more than when I was there years earlier. And a TON of calves. If there is such a thing as a harvest needed, it is there.
 

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Last May while there I was the most bison that I had ever saw in the 8 trips there. I had other people that are there pretty regular say the same thing.
 
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