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Congressman Zinke Rips BLM and DOI Officials Over Bison, Says ‘Heads Will Roll’

If Congressman Zinke thinks what has happened to the bison is bad, he needs to learn about what the BLM has done to the wild horses and burros.

SOURCE:  newstalkkgvo.com

393346 04: Bison graze in Custer State Park, August 13, 2001 in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. Millions of bison were slaughtered by white hunters who pushed them to near-extinction by the late 1800''s. Recovery programs have brought the bison numbers up to nearly 250,000. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

During House Natural Resources Committee hearings this week, Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke questioned Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze on the issue of Bison. Specifically, Zinke asked if the same limitations on grazing would apply to bison as they do to cattle ranchers, and whether or not brucellosis had been a consideration.

“Congressman I appreciate the question and you’re educating me on this so I am going to have to get some more materials together and I would be happy to come visit with you about this,” said Kornze. “I look at fairness,” said Zinke. “I have nothing against buffalo provided that they’re brucellosis free, that provided the grazing rules are the same, provided that we look and respect our environment, but we need to make sure the rules are the same.”

Zinke further questioned Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the same issue. Like Kornze, Jewell had few answers.

“I know there is a national bison plan I am not specifically familiar with how bison graze arrange versus cattle graze arrange all that would be taken into account if we were taking federal action to impact that, but we’re happy to get back to you for the record with more information on that,” said Jewell.

After the back-and-forth, Zinke slammed the “bureaucrats” at BLM and the Department of the Interior for “knowing nothing” about Bison. In a strongly worded press release Zinke said “to not even put in the time in to learn about the issue is a slap in the face to Montana. Heads will roll. This is not acceptable.”


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  1. Protester attempts to stop bison slaughter in Yellowstone
    Yellowstone National Park officials found 20 year old Comfrey Jacobs chained to a barrel and blocking the road to the Stephens Corrals this morning.

    Jacobs, a member of the Buffalo Field Campaign risked being arrested and banned from the park to protest the ongoing slaughter of Yellowstone’s Bison. The Stephens Corrals is where hundreds of bison have been lured with hay and held until they are loaded into trailers and hauled to slaughterhouses. Many of these bison are pregnant females that are just weeks away from giving birth.

    Because Jacobs was in a closed area of the park there was no opportunity to speak to him in person, but in a press release statement, he said,

    “During my time in Gardiner,” said Jacobs, “I was feeling helpless as I watched wild buffalo lured and trapped, fed hay like livestock, tortured with sorting and testing, and eventually crammed into livestock trailers headed for slaughter facilities, while simultaneously bison were being hunted just outside the Park boundary.”

    Jacobs blocked the road to prevent livestock trailers from accessing the trap before more wild bison could be loaded onto trailers destined for slaughter facilities. He handcuffed himself to a hunter orange 55-gallon barrel filled with concrete, and wire-mesh webbing spanning the entrance to the roadway, which is closed to public access.

    “My goal is to stop these trailers from getting to the trap so they cannot load more bison and transport them to slaughter,” Jacobs said. “My intent is to not unduly cause these buffalo any more stress or harm than they are currently being subjected to in the trap, and to ultimately get Yellowstone to set them free.”

    At this time of year the bison are thin from a long, hard winter and many are very pregnant and so this is not an ideal time to hunt the animals. If a hunt needs to take place at all, it should be held at a different time of year, but this is when the bison leave the gates of Yellowstone, looking for more food. It is unfortunate that they have had to struggle so hard during the entire Winter, only to meet this end.

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  2. The treatment of animals wild and domestic in our country so breaks my heart I cannot absorb it all without emotional breakdown.

    Buffalo, wolves, burros, horses are the backbone of the land yet these are the ones who the brutal target – with hatred.

    I writher and cry for not only the innocents, but for those who have removed human from humane – the Animal Haters – most of all the Horse Haters – all of whom call forth an almost insurmountable Karma upon us all.

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  3. HUH? The head of the DOI and the recently appointed head of the BLM with combined knowledge of Bison and brucellosis that wouldn’t fill a thimble? This has been a very contentious issue for well over 80 years, and they know NOTHING?

    This has to be a new low water mark for our government and our country. In a time when new lows seem to make headlines every day that is saying something.

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    • How true. Wonder if its possible that this lack of any knowledge regarding the native animals they are supposed to be “managing” rings a bell anywhere but here! Good luck, Congressman!


  4. Yay!!!! But isn’t it awful that none of them seem to know anything, but proceed with killing anyway. They ought to be able to come back with a suitable answer right off the top of their heads, because it is their job. Anybody else would get fired by their boss. How predictably disappointing and scummy. Counting the minutes to the next administration housecleaning – does Kornze get the boot as well as Jewell?

    Go get ’em, Congressman!!!!


  5. Hearing: Bureau of Land Management Budget (EventID=104545
    The House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee holds a hearing to review the FY 2017 budget request for the Bureau of Land Management. Neil Kornze, Director of BLM, testifies.


    • Sat here & watched this committee & listened to them. Only one had an actual concern about the welfare of the wild horses being “transferred” to other state or other agencies of the gov. I realize this was a year ago – but its the same old, same old conversations & little chuckles regarding the spay & neuter of our wild horses! Its nice that Zinke got on Kornze’s & Jewell’s case about the buffalo – but????


  6. They killed them all with much protest from constiuants. there is one or two left absolutely devasted and confused lost everything. !!! Our protesting didnt stop any of this sad sad cull.


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