Sample Case Study on the decreasing number of bison herds at Yellowstone Park

Sample Case Study on the decreasing number of bison herds at Yellowstone Park

Defining problem

One problem that is evident in the case study is the decreasing number of bison herds at Yellowstone Park. The main causes of the problem were shooting of the herds by sharpshooter and poaching. Another problem that presents in the case is a rapid increase in the population of bison. The cause to this effect is the cessation of poaching due to the winter season. There is a challenge between two parties with disparate views and interests. One party is geared towards the preservation of the environment by preventing the killing of bison by the Montana Department of Livestock and the National Park Service.  The other group fights for the management of the park.

Establish criteria to evaluate alternatives

When the interests and values of the parties are disparate, the problem can be defined by systematically collecting information about the dynamics of the conflict. This will result in an open-ended means of realizing the conflict dynamics. This could be an important method to be used where third parties are involved. It would be of great importance to use primary information from both parties involved, to define the problem (Moore, 57). The best criteria to use would be systematic collection of information regarding the situation.

Generating policy alternatives

The major stakeholders in this conflict are the Montana Department of Livestock and the National Park Service, and the people of Montana. The values and interest of the Montana Department of Livestock is to reduce the number of bison in the park. The national park service is interested in the management of the park by reducing the number of bears. However, the people of Montana care about the tourist attraction. That is why they feed the bears. Power influences how we see things (Raines, 45). As a result, the definition of the problem by the two parties varies.  To the people of Montana, the problem is killing what would bring revenue to the country as an attraction to domestic and foreign tourists. To the park management, the problem is the increasing number of uncontrollable wildlife. The best policy generated would be reducing wildlife number.

Evaluating and select policy

There several evaluation criteria I would use in solving the conflict. These include relevance, efficacy, effectiveness, impacts and sustainability. I would consider how the aims of the intervention would be consistent with the party’s requirements and needs (Sande et al., 64). I would also assess the economic advantage resolving the conflict would impart. The other thing would be the method to use in solving the problem as well as the positive and negative results the whole process would yield. The endurance of benefits of the policy is analyzed properly.

Evaluating adopted policy

The alternative policy to solve the underlying problem would be involving both parties in talks about the problem. I this case, both parties would present their grievances and there will be equal chances for each to be listened to. I would present my policy and convince everyone that it is the best alternative. After the facts have been laid on the table and analyzed, then only will the decision be made. The policy I would prefer in is dialogue in presence of a mediator. In this case, both parties will respect the mediator and this will create higher chances of solving the problem (Sande et al., 65).

This method will be based on democracy and not power. The reason behind this is that each person will have contributed to the resolution of the conflict willingly. An advantage of this is that the interests of both parties will be substantially met (Raines, 48). To evaluate the policy, I would go back to the drawing board and check of all the objectives of the process have been successfully met. The policy used would really work for me and in a similar case.


Works Cited

MooreChristopher W. The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass & Pfeiffer Imprints, Wiley, 2014. Internet resource.

Raines, Susan. Conflict Management for Managers: Resolving Workplace, Client, and Policy Disputes. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013. Internet resource.

Sande, Ken, and Kevin Johnson. Resolving Everyday Conflict. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2015. Internet resource.


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