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Montana tribes battle opposition to bison restoration efforts

Montana tribes are running into opposition to their efforts to restore bison to their lands.

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community agreed to take 61 bison from Yellowstone National Park last year. But farmers and ranchers, fearing the spread of a deadly disease to cattle and destruction of property, won a court decision that has kept the animals at Fort Peck.

The Montana Supreme Court is hearing an appeal of the decision next month, The New York Times. In the meantime, the tribes are opposing bills that would further restrict bison restoration efforts.

“It’s hard to describe, but seeing the animal outside, you feel things inside — a connection to our ancestors,” Mark Azure, the director of the Fish and Wildlife Department at Fort Belknap, told the Times.

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