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Bison in Yellowstone
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Since the beginning of this year, there have been four criminal acts at the Stephen’s Creek Facility in Yellowstone National Park. This facility is the central hub for the management of the Yellowstone Park bison herd. Bison or buffalo once roamed the American plains in the millions but today about 4,200 exist. 

Bison in Yellowstone
AMY MARTIN

Two people were arrested Friday morning at the Stephen’s Creek facility in Yellowstone National Park. This is the second arrest in two weeks and the fourth criminal incident at the facility this year.

Bison in Yellowstone
AMY MARTIN

Three people were arrested this week at the Stephen’s Creek facility in Yellowstone National Park.

Early Tuesday morning, park officials found two people trying to chain themselves to a structure where bison are held before they leave the facility. Later in the day, park officials said a third individual was found in a restricted area.

Amy Martin

Early Thursday morning, Yellowstone National Park officials discovered 73 bison had disappeared from their pen.

This is the second time in just over a month that bison were intentionally released from the Stephens Creek Facility. The animals had just been captured and put into the facility earlier in the week as part of the Interagency Bison Management Plan. The plan’s goal is to reduce bison population due to the fear of spreading diseases to other species during the bison's annual migration from the park to Montana