Bison slaughter protesters

Two members of the loosely organized group Wild Buffalo Defense, who were identified as Coyote and Wolf, were arrested by Yellowstone National Park rangers on Friday morning after blocking the gate to the Stephens Creek capture facility outside of Gardiner.

CASPER, Wyo. — A Colorado man admitted Monday to violating National Park regulations during a protest last week in Yellowstone.

Joshua I. Rivera, of Clifton, Colorado, pleaded guilty to a count of trespassing and a count of interference with a government employee. A third count of violating a park closure was dismissed.

Mark B. Wolf, of McCullum Lake, Illinois, pleaded not guilty to the same three charges.

Wolf could not be reached at a phone number listed in court records. A woman who answered the phone said he was not present and would not want to speak to a Star-Tribune reporter.

Court records do not list a phone number for Rivera. Neither man has hired a lawyer, according to court records.

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The two men were arrested around 7 a.m. Friday after they chained themselves to 55 gallon cement filled barrels in order to block a Yellowstone road, court documents indicate.

Because the three men were about 30 feet west of Old Yellowstone Trail, they were within a closed area, the documents state.

Wild Buffalo Defense, an activist group, posted on its Facebook page Friday stating the two men, who were identified only as "Wolf" and "Coyote," were protesting the slaughter of bison.

The two men were aiming to prevent access to a buffalo capture facility on Stephens Creek Road and to keep the animals from being taken to slaughter, according to the Facebook post.

The facility in question is a pen where bison are held before being shipped off to be slaughtered. Park officials have said the facility is necessary to keep bison population under control.

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