BOZEMAN — Increasing license fees is a priority for the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department in the upcoming legislative session, agency Director Jeff Hagener said.
BOZEMAN — Gardiner resident Bonnie Lynn is bracing herself for another gut-wrenching bison hunt north of Yellowstone National Park.
Workers tie orange flagging on the bison enclosure fence before the bison arrive from the Flying D Ranch.
Two semi-trailers, followed by vehicles carrying tribal members, arrive carrying some 90 genetically pure bison for release on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Patti Baldes, a bison advocate from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, photographs one of the semi-trailers loaded with bison as it arrives at the pasture on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Poplar teacher Suzanne Turnbull sobs as the bison arrive in livestock trailers. "It means so much to the people," she says. "They've been through so much."
A tribal member has a look inside the trailer at the bison.
One of the first bison is released to the delight of the spectators.
A bison walks tentatively down the ramp in front of the crowd gathered to watch the release.
After leaving the trailer, a bison runs down the fence line into a 160-acre "soft release" pasture where the herd will be kept for about 10 days before being released into a 13,000 acre preserve.
A bison sprints from the trailer.
A trio of bison runs into a 160-acre "soft release" pasture where the herd will be kept for about 10 days before being released into a 13,000-acre preserve.
A group of bison runs into a 160-acre "soft-release" pasture where the herd will be kept for about 10 days before being released into a 13,000-acre preserve.
A bison runs from the livestock trailer after being released.
Bison run from the livestock trailer after being released.
The Tatanka Oyate drum group from Wolf Point sings a welcoming song to the bison. Before the first release of Yellowstone bison in 2012, it had been nearly 150 years since bison roamed the prairie at Fort Peck.
A bull looks out of the trailer door before making an exit into the pasture.
Two bison try to squeeze through the opening of the livestock trailer.
Workers try and coax the sometimes reluctant bison to leave the trailer.
Young drummers and singers welcome the bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.