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Bison herd grows on Fort Peck Reservation amid legal dispute

A legal disputes continues over bison that the Yellowstone National Park transferred to the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana.

The tribe accepted 61 bison from the park. Some of the animals were supposed to go to the Fort Belknap Indian Community but a judge blocked the move in a lawsuit filed by ranchers and farmers.

The herd has since grown to include 21 offspring. The tribes have moved the animals to a bigger pasture while an appeal is mounted to the Montana Supreme Court.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs spent $55,000 to build a fence for the herd, The Great Falls Tribune reported.

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Bison herd moves to pasture north of Poplar (The Great Falls Tribune 8/13)

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