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Judge Turns Down Injunction Meant to Stop Yellowstone Bison Cull

Travis Smola

The lawsuit sought access to the state and federal Yellowstone bison cull program.

Yellowstone’s controversial bison cull has cleared another hurdle sought by people opposed to it.

An injunction was turned down by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl on Friday that called for a halt to the cull and access to the program by Stephanie Seay of the Buffalo Field Campaign and Christopher Ketcham, a journalist.

The judge apparently did not agree with the lawsuit’s claim their restricted access to the program violated their free speech protections.

The plans have long been for between 600 and 900 animals to be culled from the park’s population using capture and kill and hunting near the park’s borders. The cull has been a subject of much debate. Ranchers in the region are in favor of a cull due to fears about the spread of the disease brucellosis.

Wildlife advocates have been opposed to the idea of the killing of animals from a National Park.

The cull operation fell under more controversy when three bison were injured and ran back into the park during cull operations a few weeks ago.

For now, it seems the cull will go as scheduled. The plans are for state and federal officials to continue their operations until March 31.

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Judge Turns Down Injunction Meant to Stop Yellowstone Bison Cull