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This Infinite Paradox
Intolerance is the greatest threat to bison. Though bison are no longer threatened with extinction, there are very few places where bison are allowed to live. Almost all of their historic stomping grounds are off limits, due primarily to opposition from livestock interests. Yellowstone is home to the largest free-roaming bison herd in the U.S. But even here bison are kept to fewer than about 3,500. When the herd grows above this level, the “surplus” bison are often shipped to slaughter.