In 2015, the bison population in Yellowstone National Park reached 4,900 animals, approaching the park ecosystem’s sustainable carrying capacity. This year, federal agencies are calling for the removal of up to 900 animals. Most of the animals are rounded up into holding pens and shipped to slaughterhouses, with the meat distributed to Native American tribes.
The decision outraged conservationists around the country, with many claiming that the federal government is simply acquiescing to the private interests of the livestock industry, rather than managing wildlife for wildlife’s sake.
Amid the feuds between conservation activists and natural resource management agencies, however, one story is getting lost. That is the story of the American bison’s most prolific natural predator: the Native American hunter.
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