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Yellowstone bison slaughter protester pleads guilty

CASPER, Wyoming (KIFI/KIDK) - A man who chained himself to a concrete-filled barrel in an effort to prevent trucks from hauling Yellowstone National Park bison to slaughter has pleaded guilty.
  
The Casper Star-Tribune reports Joshua Rivera, of Clifton, Colorado, pleaded guilty Monday to trespassing and interfering with a government employee. He and another man were arrested Friday after they chained themselves to 55-gallon (208-liter) barrels in an attempt to block a road in Yellowstone.
  
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported the men belong to the group Wild Buffalo Defense. The group's spokesman, Monty Slate, said the protest delayed a shipment of bison for a few hours before another path was cleared.
  
Bison are shipped to slaughter each year as part of a population management plan for the park.
  
Rivera's co-defendant has pleaded not guilty.


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