Yellowstone National Park To Kill 1,000 Bison

Yellowstone National Park To Kill 1,000 Bison

The park has proposed a mass-killing of around 1,000 bison to prevent the migration of the animals into Montana.
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Recently Yellowstone National Park has proposed a mass killing of wild bison this winter to reduce the animal's natural migration into Montana. Since 2000, the bison population of Yellowstone has been controlled through selective slaughtering per a federal agreement that states their numbers should remain around 3,000. According to the Associated Press, the buffalo population reached nearly 5,000 animals this summer, much higher than comfortable targets.

Historically, bison can spread a disease called brucellosis to livestock, and it is mainly for this reason that the state of Montana has an agreement with the federal government that allows the killing of the animals to prevent this spread. Brucellosis can cause pregnant animals, particularly cows, to miscarry their young. Additionally, Montana ranchers fear that a large influx of bison would overgraze lands they need for feeding their livestock.




If the proposal is approved, hunters would be able to hunt several hundred of the buffalo for sport. The rest would be slaughtered for the meat industry and the few left will supposedly be captured for scientific research purposes. The killing would place an emphasis on calves and females in order to curb population growth from increasing further. However, it is not yet set in stone. Yellowstone park officials are still waiting to meet with local Native American tribes and federal officials to come to a concrete agreement.

That being said, these methods of population control have been used for 15 years, and the federal agreement allowing them has been controversial from its conception. Yellowstone National Park is no stranger to public opposition to these population control methods. In fact, on the FAQ of their website they outline why this culling, or removal of buffalo, occurs each year and how. Essentially, the culling of bison is required by the agreement with Montana, and not done because of environmental factors within Yellowstone itself.

Many people suggest that the animals simply be allowed to be hunted for sport as a means for controlling the population. The Park Service explains that hunting is illegal within the park, and that hunting buffalo in Montana only reduces the population by around 300 each year, and, "a panel of expert scientists reviewing bison and brucellosis issues in 2013 concluded that culling or removals of bison, along with hunting, would be necessary to limit the size of the bison population." All hope for the animals is not lost, however, as weather is a crucial factor in their migration pattern: fewer bison will leave Yellowstone for Montana if snowfall is lighter, and the fewer that leave, the fewer that will be killed.

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The 10 Best Things About Rhode Island

Who said RI is not Awesome!
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With Rhode Island being such a small state people wonder what is so great about it. There are so many attractions that lead people to "Little Rhody" from the Newport Mansions to the RISD Art Museum. RI's beautiful beaches are also a plus for the locals who live here year round. But what is the best things about Rhode Island? With so many great things to choose from here is what I thought was the best things Rhode Island has to offer.

1. Del's Lemonade


With its numerous flavors and iconic cup imagery Del's is a Rhode Island staple. My personal favorite is mixing watermelon and lemon together!

2. Caserta's Pizzeria

Located on Providence's historic Federal Hill. If you are looking for a good slice of pizza Caserta's is the place to go.

3. Providence


It is basically the smaller version of Boston! No really, and that is where the city gets all its charms from.

4. Scarborough Beach


Forget Newport, this is the prime place to catch some waves. Personally, I think the water is better and Narragansett tends to be a litttle less touristy.

5. PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center)


When you are too poor to catch a Broadway show so you go see the national tour instead. PPAC has become an awesome venue in recent years with lots of different plays, musicals and dance troupes coming to perform.

6. The Cliff Walk


Preferably after the tourist season because then you can actually walk on it. The Cliff Walk offers some breathtaking views and a little adventure.

7. Waterfire

There are a lot of Waterfire's during the summer and early fall so you can always catch one. Plus, it is free and provides great pictures.

8. Party Pizza


Some make think it is a disgrace to pizza everywhere, but it is still good. Nobody really understands why party pizza exists, but we never question it. Especially, after you stuff five pieces into your mouth.

9. Crook Point Bascule Bridge



It has become somewhat of a local monument for the locals. My friend and I always do a bit of site seeing around here.

10. Allie's Donuts


Home of the Donut Cake! Allie's makes probably the best donuts around here and that is not an understatement.

And there you have it! While, I think these are 10 best things about Rhode Island there is obviously so much more. If anything RI's quirky local eateries, beautiful landscape, as well as up and coming attractions are what make it special. Rhode Island has so many things to offer it is hard to choose. Personally, I think the food is the best, but my New York/New Jersey friends beg to differ.



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7 Places To Visit Within Walking Distance Of SCU

Brunch and markets and museums, oh my!

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1. Santa Clara Farmers' Market

This is one of my favorite things to do on Saturdays! From 9 am to 1 pm, head on over to Franklin Square for live music, good food, and tons of organic fruits and veggies. Pro Tip: The breakfast burritos are to die for!

2. De Saisset Museum

Love art? Well, we have a wonderful gallery right on campus! The museum holds tons of exhibits, from photography to painting to sculpture. Plus, they have a California History exhibit that is permanent, so you can always go see it!

3. Beat the Lock Escape Room

Ever been to an escape room? Now's your chance! Franklin Square has an awesome escape room that you and your friends can do. Can you beat the lock?

4. Carmelite Monastery and Garden

If you're looking for somewhere to study, read a book, or just lay down and enjoy the weather, this is one of the most beautiful gardens in Santa Clara. It is encased in a big pink wall, so you don't have to worry about street noise! Perfect for a day in the sun.

5. Sara's Kitchen

Brunch is my favorite meal, which is why I have spent a lot of time trying to find the best brunch spot in Santa Clara. Well, I am pleased to tell you that I've found it. Sara's Kitchen has good service, and even better food! (S/O to Sara's omelets, I dream about those things)

6. Jasmine Fine Thai Cuisine

Honestly, Franklin Square has some overlooked gems. If you're looking for the best Thai food in Santa Clara, look no further! Jasmine has awesome food and service, and it isn't too hard on the wallet. The best combination for a college student!

7. City Plaza Park

If you want a place off-campus to play frisbee or lay in the grass, this is the place! It's a small park a couple blocks away (that also has a library!). The perfect place to get away from the SCU bubble.

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