The bison population in the Grand Canyon is causing what amounts to a big problem. Their sheer number is in itself a cause for panic.
The 400 odd bison in the Grand Canyon region are a source of increasing worry. Their management is a headache that the National Park Service is trying to allay. But it is not an easy job.
Known as beefalo, the mixed breed of bison is spread out over the northern areas. And they are the reason behind much natural pollution and unhygienic conditions. Besides stepping all over lush greenery they munch on the grass thereby leading to denudation of the land.
These bison excrete waste matter into pure lakes thus spreading disease. The people of the surrounding areas have been asked to lend some of their two cents worth of wisdom as to how these beefalo are to be handled.
The whole issue began when the bison shifted to a locus where hunting them was not allowed. Then they just began to multiply till the numbers became unmanageable. Many plans of reducing the population of these big beasts are being discussed currently.
The methods proposed include: baiting, hazing, penning them in, relocation and finally gunning them down. It is a sad fact of biology that contraceptive measures have proven ineffective in controlling the size of the stock.
Although hunting them down would prove very lucrative, since their meat is considered somewhat of a rare delicacy, their preservation is to be seen to too.
The Native American Indians hold these huge animals in high regard. Their culture and art depicts them and the bison are a fundamental part of their heritage. Even 10,000 years ago, the bison used to trample over the terrain in the selfsame manner.
Seen from a realistic angle, it is man who has encroached on their territory and rights rather than these gentle beasts which cause any trouble. Whereas animals merely survive, mankind wreaks havoc on the earth by spreading his garbage.