Bozeman, MT. – Authorities at Yellowstone National Park are moving toward turning part of its bison trap into a certified brucellosis quarantine facility. Since April, Park officials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state livestock officials have been talking about upgrades they could make to the Stephens Creek Facility and discussing testing requirements.
Brucellosis is worrisome to the livestock industry, as it causes cattle to abort their offspring.
The park is looking to move the 24 male bison at the trap to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation without first transferring them to quarantine corrals at Corwin Springs.
Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said sending bison to Corwin Springs would cost more than quarantining them at Stephens Creek, even with the facility upgrades it will require. The park is waiting for the Montana Department of Livestock and the agriculture department to give them the requirements, then work can begin on the facility.
More than half of Yellowstone bison are thought to have been exposed to the disease.