Bill allowing shooting of bison gets mixed response

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  1. gpm
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    gpm - January 23, 2013 1:15 pm
    hunter, time to end open range?
  2. hunter
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    hunter - January 23, 2013 12:15 pm
    Great comments, and the 1940 supreme court decision sums it up well. I continuely have to fix my fence because of my neighbor who does not feed his cattle or have water for them.His desperate stock want my grass that I spend alot of time and money irragating all summer and my spring well that is my backup drinking water source. I can't get any help from the brand inspector who tells me I have to fence them out. I already did with a substansial ivestment of my time and money. If an individual tresspassed in this manner I would have legal recourse. It seems that cows have more rights than people. What about my private property rights? If the cattle lobby with their sense of entitlement regarding the use of public lands etc keep backing selfserving legislation they are eventually going to cut their own throats, it is the 21st century.
  3. Kat Brekken
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    Kat Brekken - January 23, 2013 9:00 am
    I live in Gardnier and haven't ever seen a kid cages, designed to protect them from wildlife here. The Outfitter's want to be able to kill whatever they want whenever they want. The State is listening to input from the people right now. Write the Environmental Advisor to the Governor, Mr. Tim Baker at: Yellowstone is so much more to all of the world than a handful of the hateful, killing wildlife contingent. Most folks realize that they moved to where the wildlife was before their arrival, they just need reminders that the whole world is watching and has a stake in the decision made here.
  4. waterfallguy
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    waterfallguy - January 23, 2013 8:53 am
    I am confused. Why would someone choose to own land next to a National Park that has been known for thousands of years to hold large numbers of wildlife, if said person didn't want wildlife on or around their property? It would seem to me that the true problem isn't bison, or wolves, or any other hot button issue. The root of the problem is simply people thinking they can or need to control everything around them.
  5. billy banger
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    billy banger - January 23, 2013 8:02 am
    A pair of wire cutters and a rifle and the trespassing buffalo problem will be solved. If these is not good evidence of the buffalo breaking down the fences then the shooter should do jail time and have a very large fine.
  6. gpm
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    gpm - January 23, 2013 5:44 am
    Add to the Bill that I can shoot on sight cattle and horses that trespass on my property and I'm all for it.
  7. fidlr
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    fidlr - January 23, 2013 4:48 am
    As stated by FWP there is already recourse for those threatened by wild animals to shoot them. That does not mean you could spot one, hunt it down, and then shoot it. We cannot shoot deer, elk, antelope or even grizzlies on our property without just cause. Would we allow landowners to shoot nighbors cattle or horses if they stray onto anothers land? There is also the matter of many beefalo that still exist on MT ranches. Would they be shot for straying as well? This bill would create more problems than it would solve. Do not pass.

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