Blog: Good news for wild bison in Yellowstone National Park
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012
"Last April, I wrote about an historic agreement made by the federal, state, and tribal agencies that collectively manage Yellowstone’s wild buffalo population, which gave the iconic critters access to tens of thousands of acres of habitat north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana.
An attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho commented at the time, “This is the most significant advance in recent times in tolerating bison outside Yellowstone.” There have been high points and low points since this agreement was announced, so with spring fast approaching and some recent good news to report, I thought it was time for an update.
Two developments occurred following the announcement of the agreement: (1) a couple of opponents of giving wild buffalo more habitat sued the State of Montana to reverse the agreement, and (2) the State of Montana undertook a formal Environmental Assessment process regarding the expanded tolerance and solicited comments from the public on the issue."
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