Wildlife Management: Issues Concerning the Management of Bison and Elk Herds in Yellowstone National Park - GAO Report
|Date:||July 10, 1997|
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Grand Teton National Park (WY)
USDA Brucellosis Eradication Program
Yellowstone National Park (WY)
Yellowstone National Park, with about 2.2 million acres of land and the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states, is considered the "crown jewel" of the national park system. This testimony focuses on (1) the National Park Service's current policy for managing free-roaming bison and elk in Yellowstone, (2) the controversy surrounding the impact of these herds on the park's rangeland and riparian areas, and (3) the controversy surrounding the health risks to domestic livestock posed by exposure to diseased bison and elk.