Executive Seminar Program Case Study #2
For more than 20 years, federal and state agencies, ranchers, animal rights advocates and Native Americans have clashed over Yellowstone bison management. Nearly every winter and spring, free roaming bison migrate out of Yellowstone National Park in search of food. Because of fears that the disease brucellosis could be spread to cattle by infected bison, state and federal agencies herd bison back into the park or quarantine and slaughter infected animals. Animal rights advocates claim that over 3000 bison have been killed since 1997 as a result of hazing or slaughter. An interagency bison management plan was approved in 2001, but many actions called for under the plan remain controversial. This case study will examine the unique challenges faced by federal land managers (US Forest Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and National Park Service) and state agencies (Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Department of Livestock) attempting to manage Yellowstone bison in a manner that minimizes risk to cattle, controls program costs, protects natural resources and meets public expectations for these icons of the American West.
This is the second session of the year-long Executive Seminar Program. For more information, e-mail Christine Hanolsy or call 503-725-5114.