National Park is
located in the northwest corner
of Wyoming bordering the states of Montana and Idaho.
Buffalo Migration Routes
National Park is the world's first national park. Yellowstone
covers 2.2 million acres and has an average elevation
of 7,300 feet (2300m). Because of the high Yellowstone
plateau winters are known to be harsh. Buffalo and Elk
for thousands of years have migrated to the lower elevation
valleys surrounding the park. The red
arrows show the migration of the buffalo. Yellowstone
has over 100,000. Elk carry brucellosis and migrate outside
the park too. Why aren't the agencies concerned with
the elk infecting cattle?
Please see FAQ- What about the elk
including National Forest Lands
National Forest Lands (in green) that surround Yellowstone
National Park play an intergral role in the Greater Yellowstone
Ecosytem. National Forest lands are public lands dedicated
to the preservation of wildlife. Unfortunately cattle
are given priority on the National Forest lands surrounding
Yellowstone. Lets return the National Forest back to the
wildlife and let the buffalo roam.
Please see FAQ- How many cattle graze
within the range of the Yellowstone buffalo?
Horse Butte Peninsula
extends into Hebgen Lake just west of Yellowstone National
Park. Horse Butte is a favorite spring calving grounds
for the Yellowstone Bison. The capture facility is where
the green dot is located. The Horse Butte peninsula
should be protected as wildlife habitat. There are no
cattle in the West Yellowstone area until June 1st.
So why are they slaughtering
the Yellowstone buffalo?
(Green dots are the locations
private land with cattle on the northern boundary of Yellowstone
National Park are very few or far removed from the area
where the bison migrate in winter.
See our Yellowstone
and Cattle Fact Sheet
map shows the private land with cattle on the west side
of Yellowstone National Park. Please note that there are
no cattle in the West
Yellowstone Area, Oct- June, due to the harsh winters.
Also there is only one private land holding with cattle
in the summer on the west border of Yellowstone National
Park. This is where the Duck Creek Cature facility is
located. This small ranch is owned by
bison poacher Dale Koelzer.