Quarantined bison from Y-stone attract interest

By Matthew Brown
Billings, Montana (AP) 8-09

Wildlife officials say a Montana Indian tribe, an Illinois zoo and a North Dakota landowner are seeking to take a small herd of wild bison that have been held in quarantine outside Yellowstone National Park for the last several years.

The animals were spared from a government program to capture and slaughter most bison leaving the park, to prevent the spread of the animal disease brucellosis to cattle.

Wildlife officials want to use the quarantined animals as seed stock to form new bison herds in parts of the country where the animals once thrived.

An earlier plan to transfer the animals to the Northern Arapaho Tribe in central Wyoming collapsed this spring when tribal members voted to keep the animals out.

The approximately four dozen bison could be slaughtered if no home is found.