The recovery of bison in the Yellowstone ecosystem has been hailed as one of America’s great conservation successes, but according to a study published last week by Oregon State University researchers, bison might be the only critters in the ecosystem benefiting from the bison herd’s incredible growth in Lamar Valley.
The study utilizes two decades of data.
The Montana Free Press spoke with the researchers and the gist of the story can be summed up in one quote:
“This system is on a trajectory that is not so good ecologically for everything except for bison,” said Bob Beschta, a professor emeritus of ecology and lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Food Webs.”
Read the Montana Free Press story here.
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