Tribes in Montana hail decision to receive Yellowstone bison

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has recommended the transfer of 68 bison from Yellowstone National Park to two tribes.

The Fort Peck Tribes and the Fort Belknap Indian Community could receive the animals once the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approves the decision. The bison are currently being held in a quarantine facility.

The proposal generated significant public interest. The state receive nearly 3,500 written comments about the status of the bison.

The bison have been tested and have been determined to be free of brucellosis, a disease that can be deadly to cattle.

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FWP: Move Yellowstone bison to Fort Belknap, Fort Peck reservations (The Great Falls Tribune 12/1)
FWP recommends moving bison to Indian reservations (AP 11/30)

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