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Environment
Group doesn't want tribe to manage bison refuge


A group in Montana doesn't want the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to manage portions of the National Bison Refuge.

The tribe reached an agreement to handle some services at the refuge. The activities include biological, fire and maintenance programs and visitor services.

But the Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association says tribal control sets a bad precedent for the refuge system. The group is proposing that the bison range, whose herd descends from animals raised by tribal members, be removed if the agreement is ratified.

Public comments are being accepted via draftafapubliccomments@fws.gov.

Get the Story:
Fish and Wildlife Association offers own plan for National Bison Range (The Ravalli Republic 7/21)

Relevant Links:
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes - http://www.cskt.org
National Bison Range - http://bisonrange.fws.gov
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility - http://www.peer.org

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