Bison vs. Elk in the American West
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 647 , Segment 6
Episode: Health Care, Fight Insurance Company, Re-Bisoning the West
- Sep 26, 2017 11:00 pm
- 16:44 mins
Guest: Kurt Repanshek, Founder and Editor of National Parks Traveler Bison in the American West are a conservation success story. Tens of millions are said to have roamed the continent when Europeans first arrived. And then bison were hunted to the edge of extinction - there were only about 200 left in the 1960s. Conservation efforts have brought the bison back to around half a million head today in the US. They’re an especially popular tourist attraction in Yellowstone National Park. But bison are not universally beloved. In states with large cattle ranching industries, bison are considered a disease-ridden scourge. Kurt Repanshek details this bison battle in a new report at NationalParksTraveler.org – the nonprofit national parks reporting project he founded.