A New Day for Yellowstone's Wild Bison

The National Park Service has announced that its leadership is starting the process of producing a new wild Yellowstone Bison Inter-agency Management Plan – after more than 14 years. The importance of this announcement cannot be overstated. It is the first time for a long time that we have an opportunity to re-write the regulations and rules that govern the manner in which bison in Yellowstone are managed.

Greater Yellowstone Coalition Executive Director, Caroline Byrd, sent this letter to Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk, on behalf of the GYC and 13 partner organizations.

As the joint letter outlines, the GYC and its partner organizations will push hard throughout this new “scoping” process to ensure that our voices are heard. Our two most important principles are:

  • Conserve Greater Yellowstone bison and manage them as wildlife;
  • Provide for expanded year-round habitat for bison outside of Yellowstone National Park;

The official public comment period starts on Monday, March 16, 2015. As meetings and comment opportunities occur, the GYC membership and supporters will be called upon to add their names and comments to the collection of people providing feedback as part of this new scoping process and the planning that occurs subsequent to its completion.

Download the National Park Service "scoping notice" here:
The notice in the Federal Register that scoping will begin on March 16th with the publication on the Notice of Intent to begin the EIS for Yellowstone bison management.

For more information, contact Wildlife Program Associate Shana Dunkley at sdunkley@greateryellowstone.org.