Response to Daniel Wenk’s retirement

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For background, please read this story in the Washington Post.  

Long story short is that the data is lining up that expanding bison to the entire Yellowstone ecosystem is both the smart and ecological thing to do. Wyoming would benefit greatly by removing invasive cows and sheep from the surrounding federal and United States Forest Service (USFS) land, thus allowing native animals to recover.

People know this. Those that do not want this are the people that benefit from below cost prices to keep cattle on our land ($1.43 a month for cow and calf pair); they are opposed to expanding the bison herd.  Bison of course can fend off wolves, grizzlies and harsh conditions without any maintenance.  Hunters know that if this happened elk, moose, grizzlies and all types of natives would increase.

Yellowstone Park Superintendent Dan Wenk wanting to retire is a false idea. Any man that sees that truth along with history of Native American abuse would want to return these animals to a bigger habitat.  The War on Wilderness is happening and it is really anti-conservative.  These kinds of actions alienate Wyoming.

Wyoming and Wenk should propose to compensate the cattle leaseholders on USFS land with some combination of cash and replacement of their lost cows with native animals of equivalent value, as they expand through their former land.  Make the cattle ranchers stake holders in the operation to the point they can decide how these expanding animal herds would be harvested.  Through this period of animal expansion, they can hunt their quota, herd them, or co-negotiate the rights of that operation to other parties. The slow but planned removal of grazing areas as ranchers take the “deal” will help prove this concept. It is an economic and ecological solution.  Additionally, it will drive expanded tourism due to larger herds and migrations.

This proposal would also be tied to controlled, yet known, energy access and the ability to move our energy to other markets. There are plenty of places to graze cattle in Wyoming and across America, so can we not do this one thing for the Yellowstone?