Catalina Island Bison Population Control

November 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Bison at a popular California tourist attraction is growing out of control. Officials at Catalina Island say there's just too many bison on the island, so they're trying a new approach.

Selected female bison are being injected with a vaccine that will prevent them from getting pregnant. Officials call it a non lethal way to help control the booming bison population.

"It doesn't alter their behavior, the males and females will still mate with each other. They just won't give birth to calves. It is affordable. It is not something that works its way through the food chain," said Dr. Ann Muscat with the Catalina Island Conservancy.

The current bison population is about 150.

The vaccine will be given annually, but it is reversible. So if the conservancy wants to increase the bison population, it can.


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