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Montana tribes to participate in state bison hunt

Members of Montana tribes are slated to be among the participants in the state's first bison hunt in 15 years.

A total of 50 licensed hunters will be allowed to hunt bison between November 15, 2005, and February 15, 2006. State law set aside 16 of the licenses for members of the state's tribes.

The state allowed hunting from 1985 to 1990. Public outcry, including opposition from tribes and Native activists, prompted the state to shut it down.

The state hopes the situation will be different this time around. One supporter is Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), who has been an advocate for tribes and says the hunt is needed to keep the bison population in check.

The bison come from Yellowstone National Park and are the descendants of the last free-roaming herd in the United States. Hunters will be allowed to kill them if they leave the park boundaries.

Get the Story:
Critics of Montana Hunt Say Bison Aren't Fair Game (The New York Times 10/17)

Relevant Links:
The Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative -
Montana Department of Livestock -
Yellowstone National Park -

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