Resource Management






White Nose Syndrome in Bats:  White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that affects hibernating bats and is responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in North America.  Research indicates the fungus that causes WNS, Pseudogymnoascus destructans  grows in cold damp places and is likely exotic.  WNS was first detected near Albany, New York in 2007.  It has since spread throughout much of the United States and portions of Canada leaving millions of dead bats in its path.  WNS is through to mostly spread through bat-to-bat contact but spores can live for a long time on clothes and outdoor gear making human caused spread a possibility.  WNS can cause death rates as high as 90 to 100 percent resulting in rapid population decliens.  There is currently no cure for WNS.

Bison Management:  The Forest Service, Custer Gallatin National Forest participates as a partner in the Interagency Bison Management Plan.  This cooperative, multi-agency effort guides the management of bison and brucellosis in and around Yellowstone National Park . The plan was developed by the National Park Service, USDA-Forest Service, USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks. After more than 10 years of negotiations, the plan was adopted in 2000.  Specifically, the IBMP seeks to: maintain a wild, free-ranging bison population; reduce the risk of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle; manage bison that leave Yellowstone National Park and enter the State of Montana; and maintain Montana's brucellosis-free status for domestic livestock.  Click here to learn more about the IBMP and bison management.  

Grizzly Bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem:  The grizzly bear is typically larger than the black bear and has a large muscle mass above its shoulders; a concave, rather than straight or convex, facial profile; and its behavior is much more aggressive. The grizzly bear is a subspecies of brown bear that once roamed large swaths of the mountains and prairies of the American West. Today, the grizzly bear remains in a few isolated locations in the lower 48 states, including Yellowstone. In coastal Alaska and Eurasia, the grizzly bear is known as the brown bear.  Visitors should be aware that all bears are potentially dangerous. Bears need your concern not your food; it is against the law to feed any park wildlife, including bears.  The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and northwest Montana are the only areas south of Canada that still have large grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) populations.  Learn more about grizzly bear management here!