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Sun., May 13, 2012, 6:30 a.m.

Montana discusses future of free-roaming bison

A bison calf peers from behind an adult bison. 
 (Justin Grigg / Missoulian)
A bison calf peers from behind an adult bison. (Justin Grigg / Missoulian)

WILDLIFE – Planning for long-term management of bison at a wildlife species – which may include hunting down the road -- will kick off Monday, May 14, in Missoula with a public meeting organized by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m at the Holiday Inn, Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee.

Putting bison back on more of the Montana landscape would restore the last existing link to the wildlife mix at the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

But landowners in particular are wary.

Issues already identified include, the risk of bison spreading disease to domestic livestock, competition between bison and other wildlife, competition between bison and livestock for rangeland, damage to fencing, public safety, and the legal classification and status of bison in Montana.

Info: Under 'For Fish & Wildlife Information' choose "Bison Background."

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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