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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), seeks skilled volunteers to assist with the removal of bison on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in the fall of 2021. Interested parties should carefully read this announcement and the information in the links below. Given the current distribution, abundance, density and the expected growth of the bison herd on the North Rim, the NPS is concerned about increased impacts on park resources such as water, vegetation, soils, archaeological sites and values such as visitor experience and wilderness character. Reducing the herd size will protect the park ecosystem, resources and values. Individuals who are interested in applying to be volunteers can submit an application on the following website (www.azbisonstewards.com) beginning at 12 a.m. MST (Arizona) on May 3 through 11:59 p.m. MST on May 4, 2021.

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"As the free-ranging bison herd has grown over the last century, they have begun to damage water sources, stampede vegetation, and invade archeological sites"

So what. They were eradicated throughout the continent and still haven't recovered. Maybe they should explore the opportunity to drug the animals and transport them back to the plains where the belong.

#1 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-05-03 08:53 PM | Reply

As a hunter myself, I'd never take a bison. It's a wild breed that hasn't had a chance to recover from the abuse it endured in the last 2 centuries.

#2 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-05-03 08:55 PM | Reply

Give me two, maybe three boxes of shells and I'll bag me one a them beauties.
~ Lil' Wayne LaParee

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-05-04 06:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

As a hunter myself, I'd never take a bison. It's a wild breed that hasn't had a chance to recover from the abuse it endured in the last 2 centuries.

#2 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER AT 2021-05-03 08:55 PM | FLAG:

They recovered, that's why there's a cull. There's 500,000 bison in the US now. They exist "on the plains" because they're owned and fenced in mostly by Warren Buffet. Depending on the market they are the same price as cattle at this point, double at worst.

The 60 million peak population estimate is after disease wiped out over 90% of their natural predators.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-04 07:49 AM | Reply

As the free-ranging bison herd has grown over the last century, they have begun to damage water sources, stampede vegetation, and invade archeological sites.

Reminds me of the classic video, "how wolves shape rivers," by controlling the deer or moose population (if I remember correctly - it's been a few years).

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-05-04 08:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They were eradicated throughout the continent and still haven't recovered.

See, it's liberal B.S. like this that clouds things...

#6 | Posted by boaz at 2021-05-04 10:50 AM | Reply

More weight.

#7 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-05-04 11:02 AM | Reply

See, it's HISTORICAL FACTS like this that clouds things...

#6 | POSTED BY BOAZ

#8 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-05-04 11:50 AM | Reply

#8 | POSTED BY LEGALLYYOURDEAD AT 2021-05-04 11:50 AM | FLAG:

You can simmer down a little. American Bison are so common that their meat is in most grocery stores by the pound.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-04 12:03 PM | Reply

Bison is great, I highly recommend it.

Bison found in the grocery store are usually bred with cattle. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

My indigenous friends make a trip over to Yellowstone every year and bring back several. This white guy is lucky enough to get some if there's enough. Tasty!

#10 | Posted by horstngraben at 2021-05-04 02:39 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg
#6 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Going to need some citing on that. Man was their main natural predator even before the white man almost wiped them out. The genesis of the plan to wipe them out by white men was because of their importance to the Native Americans of the Plains and war on them... Cattle and ranching was another excuse to kill them. Wolves of course were a predator as well and they were nearly wiped out around the same time.

It's a cull because the park feels there are too many confined in it. It doesn't mean they are "restored". Considering they once roamed in migratory herds of millions of animals we are not even close to "recovered"... Of course it is not possible to do today. Ranching and the Corn belt took over much of the plains so there is nowhere they can roam/migrate.

Yes they are farmed today and not near extinction now but "restored"? No.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-05-04 04:04 PM | Reply

#6

Your ignorance speaks volumes.

Speaking of which, you might consider starting with William T. Hornaday's seminal classic The Extermination of the American Bison (www.gutenberg.org).

It's a start.

#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-05-04 04:21 PM | Reply

Restored is a nonsense arbitrary goal. The species was saved from extinction. The vast plains don't exit. The only silver lining is being saved by capitalists.

Yes, man is the natural predator. I have been to Head Smashed In. The massive tribes that roamed the West and controlled that bison population died from disease transmitted over native trade routes and the bison population exploded to the 60 mil estimate. Then There is a gap between the tribes dying off >95% and the arrival of Americans and extermination plans killing the survivors. I will dig out the book for you on that examination when I can.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-04 05:41 PM | Reply

"The species was saved from extinction."

That's a weird way to say we ditched to goal of hunting them to extinction in order to starve out the Indians.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-04 06:07 PM | Reply

Phrase it whatever way makes you feel the most or least white. Whatever floats your canoe.

For great reading on the Bison topic, the author I was looking for is Prof. Dan Flores. American Serengeti, Coyote America, The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, etc.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-04 06:17 PM | Reply

"Yes, man is the natural predator."

Natural predators don't hunt other species to extinction for fun, or for political reasons.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-04 06:25 PM | Reply

President Reagan was saved from death by John Hinckley, when his bullet missed vital organs.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-04 06:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

You're trying too hard this evening.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-04 06:53 PM | Reply

Would the local Indians be interested in stampeding one or two off a cliff?

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-04 07:19 PM | Reply

You can simmer down a little. American Bison are so common that their meat is in most grocery stores by the pound.

#9 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

There's a big difference between herds farmed for food production and those actively participating in the ecosystem they evolved in.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2021-05-04 08:56 PM | Reply

Humans wiped out the giant herds of Bison for several cruel(destroy native American livilhoods) and inhumane reasons(make room for cows) and then used killing them via hunting as a way to keep them from extinction. It does not get any uglier then that other than maybe those that use that excuse to keep killing them so that they seem macho to the rest of us in their delusions of cowboy fever dreams. Fact is, without human interference the the Buffalo in the lower Forty-eight would be counted in the millions without this endless cruel slaughter. Lewis and Clark wrote of the giant herds when they came out west so, please refrain from coming on her with any hickabilly perspectives on how you big bad hunters saved any wild animals much less the American Bison by subjugating them to hunting tags for you egos and refrigerators.

#21 | Posted by tknees at 2021-05-05 04:08 PM | Reply

If the NPS wants to see an increase in water usage, just send a bunch of hunters out for a cull at the north rim during a drought.

#22 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-05-05 08:18 PM | Reply

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