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Landowner fears, anger stoke barrage of bison policy bills at Legislature

Landowner fears, anger stoke barrage of bison policy bills at Legislature

HELENA – For Republican state Sen. John Brenden and many of his Eastern Montana neighbors, the idea of bison roaming the Montana plains as wildlife is absurd — and they want to do what they can to stop it.

February 24, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Guest opinion: New Montana bison herd unnecessary for conservation

Guest opinion: New Montana bison herd unnecessary for conservation

As the state begins serious discussions about the potential of establishing a “free roaming” herd of bison in Montana, there seems to be a lot of disparity in opinions. Some would like to see us return to the time when bison roamed the plains without the annoyances of modern towns, farms and…

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Montana tribes edge closer to role at National Bison Range

Montana tribes edge closer to role at National Bison Range

MOIESE -– Prolonged efforts by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to be a part of the management and operation of the National Bison Range on their reservation are again moving forward.

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National Bison Range

National Bison Range

A newborn bison is seen at the National Bison Range in early May 2012.

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Meeting on FWP bison proposal draws supporters, opponents from near, far

Meeting on FWP bison proposal draws supporters, opponents from near, far

MISSOULA — Montana wildlife officials have kicked off a statewide tour to gauge public opinion on the reintroduction of wild bison to public lands, even as a court order blocking efforts to restore the animals was appealed Tuesday to the state Supreme Court.

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National Bison Range drive opens as calves, flowers arrive

National Bison Range drive opens as calves, flowers arrive

MOIESE — The National Bison Range is opening Red Sleep Mountain Drive over Mother’s Day weekend.

May 12, 2012 10:00 am Photos

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Newborn bison

Newborn bison

The arrival of spring, a combination of newborn bison and a celebration of all mothers make this a perfect weekend to visit the National Bison Range for the opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive.

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Gazette opinion: Bison make good move to new reservation home

Gazette opinion: Bison make good move to new reservation home

After years of pointed debates and legal maneuvers, dozens of Yellowstone National Park bison were recently loaded and transported in trailers from their quarantine pens near Gardiner just outside the park to Fort Peck Reservation almost 500 miles way.

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Schweitzer visits National Bison Range to consider Yellowstone transplants

Schweitzer visits National Bison Range to consider Yellowstone transplants

MOIESE — A dozen or so bison, chased by hollering horseback riders, thundered down a hillside at the National Bison Range on Tuesday, oblivious to the human battles taking place in their name.

April 04, 2012 7:00 am Photos

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Brian Schweitzer at National Bison Range

Brian Schweitzer at National Bison Range

Bison Range manager Jeff King, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy director Gregory Siekaniec and Gov. Brian Schweitzer, from left, talk at the National Bison Range on Tuesday. In recent months, Schweitzer has verbally sparred with federal officials over wildlife management decisions.

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Brian Schweitzer at Bison Range

Brian Schweitzer at Bison Range

Gov. Brian Schweitzer, left, talks with National Bison Range manager Jeff King, right, during Schweitzer’s visit to the wildlife refuge on Tuesday. Schweitzer is looking into the possibility of sending bison captured while wandering outside of Yellowstone Park to the Bison Range.

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Guest opinion: Bison should not roam free in Montana

After many decades of the recovered Yellowstone bison herd being successfully managed by Montana and federal agencies, the state wants to reintroduce bison onto private property where bison have not roamed for at least 100 years. More disturbing is that the state wants to reintroduce bison t…

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Gazette opinion: Schweitzer's bison strategy spawns fish tale

Southwest of Ennis near the foothills of the Gravelly Range, the Ennis National Fish Hatchery produces trout for anglers as far away as Georgia.

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FWS tries to smooth dispute with Montana governor

HELENA — Federal officials attempting to smooth over a wildlife management dispute with Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer sent over their plans to transport 4.5 million trout eggs from a federal hatchery over the next month.

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Montana governor OKs trout egg shipments to New Hampshire, Utah

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Wednesday he would allow some trout eggs to be shipped from a federal hatchery after blocking out-of-state shipments last week in a wildlife management dispute with the Interior Department.

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Gazette opinion: Let trout eggs travel, governor

Gov. Brian Schweitzer is holding trout eggs hostage in disputes with the U.S. Department of Interior.

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Gazette opinion: Find common ground on bison before snow piles up

Gov. Brian Schweitzer wants to move disease-free Yellowstone bison from the Turner Ranch to the National Bison Range at Moiese.

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Montana blocks out-of-state trout egg shipments

Montana officials are holding up shipments of tens of thousands of trout eggs from a federal fish hatchery to other states as Gov. Brian Schweitzer seeks to pressure the Interior Department into changing the way it manages other wildlife — particularly bison.

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Colorado, South Dakota eyed for Yellowstone bison

Colorado, South Dakota eyed for Yellowstone bison

For the first time in decades, the federal government is considering moving bison captured leaving Yellowstone National Park to public lands in Colorado, South Dakota and elsewhere as part of efforts to curb periodic slaughters of the animals.

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Governor Schweitzer halts federal wildlife shipments

Governor Schweitzer halts federal wildlife shipments

Montana's governor on Tuesday issued an order blocking the Interior Department from transporting fish and wildlife anywhere within the state or across state lines — raising the stakes in his ongoing tussle with federal officials over their management of wildlife.

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