Lawsuit to Halt Yellowstone Bison Cull to Proceed

Posted on February 8, 2016

If Park Service Proceeds with Cull, It Will Be Under Public Scrutiny

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Natalia Lima, Natalia@PawsPR.com, 201 679 7088

bison-article-image-230Casper, Wyoming – Journalist Chris Ketcham and bison advocate Stephany Seay said they will continue to fight the planned Yellowstone National Park bison cull in court after the U.S. District Court in Wyoming today denied their motion for a preliminary injunction to stay the cull until their case is resolved and meaningful access to observe the cull can be granted. Ketcham and Seay are represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), University of Denver constitutional law professors, and Jamie M. Woolsey of the private Wyoming law firm Fuller, Sandefer & Associates, L.L.C.

Ketcham and Seay filed suit on January 26 to gain access to the controversial trapping operations that lead to the slaughter of hundreds of bison. Their suit argues that the First Amendment guarantees citizens and journalists reasonable, non-disruptive access to the publicly funded national park. The capture and kill operation is scheduled to start February 15.

“Although we are disappointed in this outcome, we recognize that courts frequently refer to preliminary injunction as an ‘extraordinary remedy’ and that we were fighting an uphill battle,” said ALDF attorney Stefanie Wilson. “This does not mean the case is closed, the case will continue to move forward in the court. If the Park Service chooses to proceed with the cull, thanks to increasing public awareness, it will be with a great deal of scrutiny.”


10 thoughts on “Lawsuit to Halt Yellowstone Bison Cull to Proceed

  1. If they just HAVE to do this I hope they will use the meat to feed people, I hope it isn’t just a senseless slaughter, if they wipe out the buffalo then shame on them!

  2. Hannah jade forex says:

    why are they being culled!. What have they done that’s so extreme for their lives to be elliminated!. Their such beautiful animals and look so cuddly and beautiful!. All they want to do is live and be free!. It seems to me as of society make any excuse these days to kill off animals it trully sickens me , with no proof that once their killed it’s helped in any way. The result frequently is that there was no need for it in the first place!.

    1. samson Shije says:

      It all has to do with cattle ranchers who raising the issue that the bison are free grazing all the grass or some bogus excuse like that I detest the senseless slaughter of any animal but I doubt it’ll ever stop until there all gone sad and unfortunate

  3. Michelle Dowen says:

    Remove them and relocate the animals. Pine Ridge, parts of Wyoming, and other wild life refuges. Shame on these people to once again allow the slaughter of bison!

  4. Nadine Zimmer says:

    There is absolutely no legitimate reason to murder them! They always use euphanisms like
    “cull” to soften true meaning of what they are doing.

  5. JILL MORRA says:

    WE THE PEOPLE HAVE NOT HEARD THE REASONS WHY THERE IS A CULL TO HAPPEN ? FIRST THERE MUST BE INTELLIGENT REASONS CORRECT? THE BISON ARE NOT DISEASED ANIMALS ARE THEY ? NO THEY ARE NOT ? ARE THEY BITING PEOPLE ? NO THEY DON’T BITE .SO WHAT ELSE ARE THE REASON TO CULL ? PLEASE POST THE REASONS SO WE THE PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE TO OUR FEELING S HURT ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU DECIDE TO KILL INNOCENT ANIMALS.

  6. Jhanel says:

    YOU HAVE NO RIGHT OR AUTHORITY TO DECIMATE AND SLAUGHTER PEACEFUL BUFFALO FOR MONEY!!!!! LOOK WHAT THE US DID A100 YEARS AGO TO STARVE THE NATIVE AMERICANS AND YOUR DOING IT AGAIN!!!!!
    YOU JOB IS TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE WILDLIFE AND NATURE NOT TO DESTROY IT!!!!
    PULL YOU HEAD OUT OF YOU ASSSSS AND POCKETS

  7. We need to reach all the Native American Indian Movie Stars that are rich I’am very poor and robbed of my Tribal Documents I’am of the Osage tribe my mother father robed of their heritage , I;am a non Documented Native American Indian ,and Fighting for identity as to our Ministry called A way of life Gatherings ,for non documented native american Indians and wildlife /Abused farm and ranch Animals not yet a non profit But I tell you this our Creator will Damn them all there is no way they will ever get rid of us all they tried many times before but won’t happen ,please tell me more who can I reach I have no money my computer is on it’s last leg .thank you I would love to support such I need to get attention out there concerning it all also I’am so upset about our Bison what will our NAI people do will they just stand by and watch this what about the BIA in Washington D.C what about Obama what about Trump ???. have we tried to reach him concerning the tribes I thought our Pres Obama stood with the tribes, what next our tonges pulled out by the roots,Snowfox

  8. Sherry Clark says:

    I think that it’s disgusting that Bison that contract diseases from free range cattle then have to be destroyed, and that Bison that won’t stay within the Park’s boundaries have to be euthanized because it upsets farmers. Bottom line = $$$ Without the Bison in Yellowstone, however, how much profit would be lost due to fewer park visitors? I always thought that it was very irresponsible that Americans let the majority of Bison be slaughtered. And yet here we are in 2016, still behaving irresponsibly, though attempting to justify actions with lame excuses. This is a man-made problem. There are very few herds left – and yet you continue to force park rangers to put down the cattle that they are paid to protect! I know that there are political implications with farmers – but work to solve it instead of punishing these beautiful creatures. Why not buffalo ranches – like the elk ranch? I’m guessing that nobody wants to save the buffalo – and would only be willing to offer property to shelter them if they can slaughter them and make a profit. Wish every tourist that purchased buffalo memorabilia that the locals like to promote and profit from, would be informed about this culling! Would make things like cute little buffalo jewelry and bumper stickers look a little less innocent.

  9. Linda T. says:

    This is appalling, I believe evidence show No Bisan have had Brucellousis! Elk , goats & more also have this potential.Which woul/could cause them to loose a pregnancy, not a life !! This ridiculous excuse has been areound for decades !! Truly this portrayes Cooperate Greed at it’s finest !!! They chase or herd this poor animals into areas & then declare need to remove from wrong area , It’s crazy ! In the 1960’s came close to extinction, when will you learn !!! At the turn of the Century, white Man had a stack of skulls 3 storys high !!

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