Indian lawmakers in Mont. oppose bison hunt
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All seven Indian lawmakers in Montana voted against a bill that would allow a hunting season on bison that wander out of the Yellowstone National Park.

But their opposition wasn't enough to defeat the bill, which passed the House in a preliminary vote of 61-39. Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, was one who spoke against SB 395 and compared the Yellowstone bison to Indian people.

"Now they are corralled into Yellowstone Park just as my people are corralled on the reservation," he said, The Billings Gazette reported.

Montana livestock officials are allowed to kill bison that leave the park for fear of transmitting a deadly disease to cattle. In an opinion piece published today in The Gazette, a veterinarian says the policy is "a disgrace."

Yellowstone bison are the last of the truly wild and genetically pure bison remaining in the world," Don Woerner argues. "I propose a moratorium on Yellowstone bison slaughter."

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Bison hunt bill stirs emotions (The Billings Gazette 4/6)
Guest Opinion: West needs wild bison, domestic cattle (The Billings Gazette 4/7)

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

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