By Helena Dore Chronicle Staff Writerhttps://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/park-service-forest-service-agree-to-supplement-bison-management-plan/article_1f96e6f0-9820-59cf-a5da-c368195d91cb.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=bozchron
“The National Park Service and other federal agencies behind an ongoing bison management plan have agreed to supplement the plan’s environmental analysis.”
The Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP)(2000) is an abomination allegedly to prevent transmission of brucellosis from buffalo to cattle. Brucellosis is an infectious disease that has never been transmitted from buffalo to livestock in the wild. In fact, the IBMP is a maze of federal rules and regulations requiring state wildlife agencies to cede their legal wildlife management authority to the USDA-APHIS (Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service) under the constant threat of losing their “brucellosis-free” status.
In 2018, the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center in Bozeman, Montana filed a suit against the signatories of IBMP. The plan was originally adopted in 2000 to prevent transmission of brucellosis from bison to cattle. John Meyer, attorney for Cottonwood, said: “This is huge,” Meyer said. “This is absolutely a great win for wildlife.”
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), brucellosis can be transmitted to humans through under-cooked meat or unpasteurized dairy products. The risk is minuscule.
“According to the court notice, the Park Service decided to prepare a new NEPA analysis considering “significant changed circumstances since the IBMP’s adoption in 2000.” The new analysis would also consider “a range of alternative options for bison management in Yellowstone National Park.””
A trial in district court has been scheduled for July 14. Plaintiffs will petition the court to allow bison to roam freely, like all other wildlife, outside Yellowstone National Park roam while the new environmental analysis is being conducted by the multi-agency management cooperative.