Published March 26, 2016
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK– Some positive news has come out of the efforts of Yellowstone buffalo capture.
Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) reports that two days after its heartbreaking media tour of Yellowstone’s Stephens Creek capture facility, where one hundred and fifty wild buffalo were “processed” and shipped to slaughter or otherwise condemned, the bulk of the trap was empty and Yellowstone was hungry to capture more bison. As expected, Yellowstone park wranglers — those who work at the trap — attempted to capture these buffalo families. First they went after a group of seventy-two buffalo, then another group of thirty.
But in a beautiful twist of fate, the buffalo sensed the danger and were determined to save themselves from slaughter.
Watch this incredible video of the buffalo escaping:
As of this past Thursday, there have been no other captures at Stephens Creek. Fifty-seven orphaned calves and yearlings remain captive, with Yellowstone telling BFC they don’t know how long they will be held or what their fate will be.
There are currently no other buffalo near the trap, though the Park Service intends to keep it open through the end of March.
Thankfully, the majority of buffalo have left the Gardiner Basin.
West of Yellowstone, in the Hebgen Basin, spring migration is beginning. BFC patrols have been extremely busy from early in the morning through late at night, warning traffic of buffalo along the highways. They are attempting to migrate to their favored, traditional calving grounds on Horse Butte, but there is still a lot of snow to negotiate.
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