Annual bison operations have started in the Stephens Creek area, according to a Yellowstone press release.
Per the release, the season officially started January 7, with approximately 84 bison captured between Saturday and Monday. January 6, 2017 we reported that Superintendent Dan Wenk had ordered a temporary closure of public access in Stephens Creek.
Under this year’s iteration of the Interagency Bison Management Plan, which you can read here, officials are seeking to remove anywhere from 900 to 1,300 bison from the Yellowstone herd. Besides operations at Stephens Creek, it’s open season for bison hunting, with state and tribal hunters currently around Gardiner and West Yellowstone, although the U.S. Forest Service has temporarily banned shooting in two spots around Gardiner, including Beattie Gulch.
Information regarding the number of bison shipped will be available biweekly in the Document Library on the IBMP’s website.