, 2023-01-12 21:30:00,
GARDINER — Hundreds of bison congregated just inside the edge of Yellowstone National Park’s northern border on Thursday afternoon. Not far away, vehicles lined Old Yellowstone Trail road outside of the park, where hunters and their families pulled bison carcass parts on sleds.
Driven in part by strong winter weather, bison have been crossing over the border of Yellowstone National Park into the state of Montana in more abundance this winter than during the previous two seasons, officials report.
Yellowstone bison migrate out of the park’s high country toward lower elevations in search of forage each winter. They often cross over its northern and western border into Montana, where state and Tribal hunters have opportunities to harvest them.
While the numbers are still tentative, since harvest reports continue to filter in, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen estimated on Wednesday that hunters have killed approximately 170 Yellowstone bison in total so far this winter season.
Individuals from multiple Tribal nations have harvested the majority of those bison, and they include hunters from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Nez Perce Tribe, Blackfeet Nation, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Jacobsen estimated, based on a running tally that is…
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