Yellowstone bison species decision questioned by US judge

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit a part of its decision to not shield Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit a part of its decision to not shield Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species.

The Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project teams have been preventing since 2014 to have Yellowstone’s bison declared endangered or threatened beneath the Endangered Species Act.

They have argued that two separate teams of bison within the park are genetically distinct. Rather than set a inhabitants restrict of three,000 animals for the whole park, they stated, the restrict must be 3,000 for every herd, or 6,000 general.

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The Fish and Wildlife Service, citing a special examine, has argued that the herds are usually not genetically distinct and rejected the itemizing petition in 2019, the Billings Gazette reported.

The federal company did not articulate why it selected one examine over the opposite, District of Columbia U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss wrote in an opinion final week.

Moss set no deadline for the Fish and Wildlife Service to reply however would require each side to update the court docket on the case inside 90 days.

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