The bison population in Yellowstone National Park will be significantly reduced this winter, as park officials have announced a plan to cull up to 900 animals that attempt to leave or drift away from the park.
The park’s famous bison population currently stands at roughly 4,900, meaning it could be reduced by about one-fifth.
According to Reuters, the cull announced Tuesday by Yellowstone’s science and research branch would be the largest in seven years.
However, it would still leave the herd’s numbers significantly higher than what both state and federal wildlife officials have established as the target goal – a population of somewhere between 3,000 and 3,500.
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