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Montana temporarily blocks bison slaughters

Montana temporarily blocks bison slaughters

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has blocked for now the impending slaughter of hundreds of Yellowstone National Park bison over disease concerns until a temporary home can be found for 40 of the animals wanted by an American Indian tribe.

Bullock prohibited the transfer of any park bison to slaughter in a letter to the park obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The Jan. 19 letter was not previously publicized and invoked an executive order used by Bullock's predecessor, fellow Democrat Brian Schweitzer, to stop slaughter shipments in 2011.

About 200 bison have been captured in recent weeks attempting to migrate from the park into Montana.

Federal and state officials aim...