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The problem lies in the fact that the original agreement called for federal and state agencies to expand the area where bison can feely roam outside the park. Despite spending almost $16 million on bison management since 20002, and spending another $13 million to try to secure land and conservation easements just outside the park in an area where bison often migrate to, the bison territory was never expanded.
Errol Rice, vice president of the Montana Stockgrowers’ Association, criticized the National Park Service for not working harder to develop a brucellosis vaccination program for bison. "We’ve been hearing about that (program) for the last six year and nothing’s happened," Rice said. So in the meantime, the bison are slaughtered.