Efforts to move bison have a long history


During Wednesday's hearing, Cory Swanson, the lawyer representing ranchers, Valley County commissioners and state Sen. Rick Ripley, R-Wolf Creek, against Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, spent the day arguing that FWP was trying to speedily and quietly move bison onto the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Indian reservations. But FWP and its supporters say the process began more than 20 years ago.

In 2000, several agencies including FWP, the National Park Service, the U. S. Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Montana Department of Livestock adopted the Interag...

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