>In his sidebar, Belicove (www.belicove.com) reports:

6,000
Number of people, most of them Montana residents, who have applied for a license to hunt Bison who commonly leave Yellowstone National Park and enter southern Montana, particularly in the winter, to forage.
24
Number of licenses available.
4,900
Estimated Bison population–currently the highest number ever documented–in Yellowstone National Park.


I wish I could get my hands on one of the photos of my youngest sister petting a buffalo at Yellowstone. The signs warning us not to pet the wild animals were everywhere. She, of course, felt the urge to pet them. Maybe it was the all of the sqeezey cheese or the fact that she was only nine years old, but I remember her being pretty wound up around the seemingly domesticated wildlife.

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