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Judge's ruling puts hold on move of bison from Yellowstone

A judge in Montana has blocked the state from moving around bison from Yellowstone National Park.

The Fort Peck Tribes accepted over 60 bison on Monday. Some of those animals were to be transferred to the Fort Belknap Indian Community but the judge's ruling puts that on hold.

Other bison from the park were being held temporarily at Ted Turner's ranch. The decision also means those animals will stay put for now.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by ranchers and property rights groups that fear bison will transfer brucellosis, a deadly disease, to cattle herds. Another hearing was scheduled for April 11, the Associated Press reports.

Get the Story:
Montana judge blocks more Yellowstone bison moves (AP 3/22)
Yellowstone bison return to tribal land (The Great Falls Tribune 3/22)

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