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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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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5 Vital And Helpful Tips I Live By When Packing For A Trip

Try and pack smarter, not harder.

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If you are anything like me, you tend to overpack thinking you are being a great packer and being ready for any scenario that life may throw at you. Well, that is, unfortunately untrue, and I have learned that you are only doing more harm than good. Over the years, I have come up with five tips I always use when traveling and have been proven to work. You've heard of the five golden rules of life, and, well, these are the five golden rules/tips of packing.


1. Start with a packing list.

This is the best tip I could give to anyone else who is getting ready to travel. Making a list is very useful, especially when stressed about your travel. You will not forget anything because you have it all written down. A packing list is a great way to keep organized when packing.

2. Use space bags.

Now, this is a tip my dad lives by. Space bags are great when you are packing because it protects your clothes and makes room to put a lot in your suitcase. The crazy story of a time when my dad was traveling, and his friend's bag was soaked with the shampoo he brought on the plane. All his clothes and everything inside the suitcase was ruined. So always use space bags because you never know what could happen on the flight. You can buy a space bag here.

3. Pack the essentials first.

I will be honest and say that I do over-pack a lot. I use the line "just in case" as an excuse to pack my entire house. But I have learned that packing for "just in case" is a waste of time. When you first sit down to pack, lay out all your essentials. For example, clothes that you will wear during the trip. You will be surprised to see how effective it is.

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4. ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.

This tip is one that I have been very grateful that I used. A while ago during my trip to Canada, my check-in bag was missing and delayed for multiple hours. Luckily I had an extra outfit to keep me fresh and not feel gross. It is always crucial to this in your carry on In case of emergencies such as your bag getting lost.

5. Put identification on your suitcase.

Everyone in the airport somehow tends to have the same black or red suitcase that you have, which only means confusing when you're trying to find your check-in bag. To quickly identify your suitcase, put a sticker, or tie a ribbon on the handle. You can easily pick up your suitcase and leave. This will prevent any sneaky people trying to steal or claim that your suitcase is theirs.

P.S.: Use a bright color ribbon or a different sticker. Also, tie the ribbon properly to make sure it's secured.


I live by these five packing tips every time I travel so I hope you can use them the next time you take a trip!

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