Yellowstone bison slaughter protester arraigned

2014-03-11T13:07:00Z 2014-03-13T18:21:07Z Yellowstone bison slaughter protester arraignedGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 11, 2014 1:07 pm  • 

The Grand Junction, Colo., man who chained himself to a gate on March 6 in protest of Yellowstone National Park's bison slaughter, made his initial appearance at the Yellowstone Justice Center on Tuesday.

Comfrey Jacobs, 20, declined a plea bargain when he appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Mark Carman in the park's court at Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. Jacobs' arraignment was continued to April 2.

Jacobs has been charged with disorderly conduct, breaking a closure, and interfering with a government operation. He turned down a plea bargain that would have required him to plead guilty, pay $1,000 in restitution, be placed on unsupervised probation for five years, and be banned from Yellowstone National Park for five years.

Comfrey chained himself to a gate that blocks the road to the park's Stephens Creek bison capture facility, just north of Gardiner. The facility was used to hold bison before they were shipped to slaughter. This year, Yellowstone shipped 258 bison to meat processing plants or Indian tribes for distribution of the meat. The roundup and shipment of bison was halted on Friday.

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