Yellowstone National Park Habitat

At every meeting I go to, I keep hearing a litany of rancher fables, brought out of their bags, one after another, like ammunition to justify an objective. But, based on science, these rancher fables do not stand up to the light of science. I began carrying around academic papers to refute each subject, many of which were attacking Yellowstone National Park as being mismanaged or their diseased vermin, etc. Last, but not least, of the rancher fables, was the issue of the habitat being mismanaged, over-grazed, causing their diseased vermin to seek better forage. The following papers show that this constant rancher fable was addressed, numerous times over the years, by science, to dispel this chronic myth. Yellowstone National Park is not an agriculture ranch to be managed like livestock. It is a wild, natural, bio-diverse ecosystem that needs natural regulation, and it is in good shape and ever changing as wildlife management understands more of biodiversity and natural regulation.

 

Ecological Dynamics On Yellowstones Northern Range, National Research Council Report 2002

Issues Concerning the Management of Bison and Elk Herds in Yellowstone National Park, GAO Report 1997

Yellowstone After Wolves 2003

Bison as Keystone Herbivores on the Great Plains

 

The Importance of Predators, the Yellowstone Case

 

 

 

 

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