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Published May 06, 2010, 08:34 AM

Yellowstone bison roundup under way west of park

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana livestock agents have started their annual roundup of Yellowstone National Park bison, pushing migrating animals back toward the park to prevent them from coming into contact with cattle.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana livestock agents have started their annual roundup of Yellowstone National Park bison, pushing migrating animals back toward the park to prevent them from coming into contact with cattle.

Department of Livestock spokesman Steve Merritt says nine bison were hazed from an area near West Yellowstone on Tuesday and another 140 bison were moved Wednesday onto the Gallatin National Forest.

Many of Yellowstone’s bison carry the disease brucellosis, although no known transmissions to cattle have been recorded in the wild. The disease can cause infected animals to abort their young.

Conservation groups including the Buffalo Field Campaign say the hazing is unnecessary because cattle have not yet returned to the area for spring grazing.

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