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Published May 22, 2009, 07:28 AM

Montana’s messy bison situation

It would be difficult to imagine a more convoluted, mismanaged entity than the Yellowstone bison, and there is plenty of blame to go around because of it. Montana managed almost to exterminate the bison even before Montana Territory became a state in 1889. It hasn’t done much since to re-establish the species within the state. In fact, just recently, three dozen bison were transplanted from a quarantine facility in Montana to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, because the Montana State Legislature has made it clear that it doesn’t want free-ranging bison in Montana.

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