Thursday, June 19, 2014
JUNE 19 NEW LAW TO ALLOW BUFFALO HUNTING IN ARIZONA
The Grand Canyon National Park is overrun with buffalo! Hundreds of the massive, roaming mammals are on the prowl, with mischief on their minds. And they are making a mess! Clumsy buffalo are notorious for ruining riverbeds, trampling trees and bouncing boulders. To solve the problem, rangers and volunteer shooters are enacting a culling. Under the law, the Park Service is allowed to hunt bison to "preserve water resources, vegetation and fragile cliff dwellings."
One legislator wants to change that. Last week, Senator by John McCain (R-Ariz) put forward some downright peculiar legislation in Congress. In short, he wants to allow anyone who kills bison to keep the meat. Under the current policy, the buffalo meat is distributed by wildlife agencies to tribes and local charities. With McCain's Sportsmen's Act, you get to keep your prize. This will speed the process up and is endorsed by the Arizona Game & Fish Commission.
However, this staggering figure was nothing compared to the white settlers. Unbelievably, the Federal Government encouraged bison hunting in the 1800's. Buffalo herds on railway tracks resulted in long delays. Bison land could be better used for cattle. Here's the process employed: First, the animals were shot for game, often from the windows of trains. Then, the carcasses were left on the prairies. A year later, after they had sufficiently decomposed, the bones and skulls were gathered to make fertilizer. It wasn't until 1876 when William "Buffalo Bill" Cody pushed Congress to act to protect the almost extinct species.