Jackson Bison Herd Harvest Down From Last Year

JACKSON, (AP) - State wildlife officials say hunters have harvested more than 100 fewer bison from the Jackson herd this year than last year. Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman Mark Gocke says hunters had killed 91 bison in Bridger-Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge as of Tuesday. That's down 54 percent from this time last year.

Gocke says mild weather and bountiful forage have kept animals from migrating down to the refuge. This year's hunting season is nearly over, and Gocke says the
hunt won't keep up with annual reproduction. Only 21 of the bison killed as of Tuesday were cows.

Wildlife managers are trying to reduce the Jackson herd from a population of more 1,000 bison to about 500. Their goal is to decrease bison impact refuge forage and preserve the forage for elk. With more forage, refuge managers can reduce elk feeding and alleviate the crowding that can exacerbate diseases such as brucellosis.

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