Picture provided by Dr. Jim Bailey, author unknown.

Our Strategy on Bison:

Montana Bison Restoration Coalition:

 

Picture provided by Dr. Jim Bailey, author unknown.

 

 

 

 

If there be no place for wild bison

 

         in all Montana,

 

then surely we have crossed a line

 

         between the last best place

 

         and the once best place.

 

  

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The Montana Bison Restoration Project aims to enhance public awareness of conservation opportunities for wild, public bison in our state; and to establish a bison herd on public land and private land where bison are accepted, within and near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
   

THE COALITION

 

The Montana Bison Restoration Coalition consists of individuals and organizations – conservationists, sportsmen and women, landowners and wildlife biologists – dedicated to returning genetically adequate numbers of wild bison to the state. We encourage respectful, public conversation with all stakeholders.

 

GOALS

  1. Disseminate science-based information on opportunities for bison in Montana, especially: Adams and Dood (2011) Background Information on Issues of Concern for Montana: Plains Bison Ecology, Management and Conservation. (FWP).
  2. Reestablish publicly owned, wild bison on and near the CMR National Wildlife Refuge.

 

MONTANA BISON

 

Currently, there is no herd of wild bison, year-round, in Montana.

In 2009, Fish, Wildlife & Parks initiated planning for reestablishing bison. A limited proposal that did not identify a reintroduction site, was developed in 2015, but there has been no decision to proceed.

 

Bison free of serious diseases that may pass to cattle are available from several sources for this project. FWP has rights to such bison now being cared for at Forts Peck and Belknap Reservations.

 

Bison in Yellowstone National Park are the only truly wild population of plains bison in the United States. The CMR National Wildlife Refuge is the best location in the country for establishing a second wild herd.

 

PARTICIPATE

For more information, please contact this website:  http://www.mtwildbison.org

 

or contact: jabailey34@aol.com

 

 

 

Positions on Restoration and Management

of Wild Bison in Montana

Bison along Blacktail Deer Plateau in Yellowstone Nat'l Park. Picture taken by Clint Nagel, Mar.8, 2012.

 

The Gallatin Wildlife Association's main goal concerning bison is to get free-roaming bison on public land, public land outside of the park boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Currently bison from Yellowstone National Park has a history of roaming out of the park boundary during the winter months for warmer temperatures and less snowpack trying to find their normal winter range. As a result bison are captured and slaughtered, never having a chance to get firmly attached to the public landscape within Montana and outside the park boundary. For more information on GWA's position, please see the link above or click on this link below.

 

http://www.gallatinwildlifeassociation.com/our-strategy-on-bison/restoration-and-management-of-wild-bison-in-montana

 

 

Plains Bison - The Forgotten Species:

 

A new article by Dr. Jim Bailey:

Picture provided by Dr. Jim Bailey. Author unknown.

 

A new page has been added to our website entitled: "Plains Bison - The Forgotten Species". To read more, simply click on this link below or go to the top of this page and click on the title as stated. This is an article by Dr. Jim Bailey describing the misconception that Bison are occurring in the wild. Outside of Yellowstone National Park (YNP), this is not the case. Even bison within YNP is somewhat confined by imaginary boundaries imposed upon them by man. There is a need to restore bison to the wild. Please get involved in this action.

 

http://www.gallatinwildlifeassociation.com/our-strategy-on-bison/plains-bison-the-forgotten-species

 

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