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Mont. wildlife officials host 2-day bison meeting

By Associated Press
Published On: Sep 26 2013 07:18:30 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Montana wildlife officials are hosting a two-day public discussion on bison as part of their efforts to craft a long-term management plan for the animals.
    
The meeting starts Thursday and will be held at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown. A public comment session will be scheduled Thursday afternoon, and the meeting will end at 3 p.m. on Friday.
    
Bison management is a politically-charged issue in the state.
    
State officials and conservationists have sought to restore the animals across parts of their historical range, but ranchers and landowner rights groups have resisted those efforts.
    
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Jeff Hagener says he hopes the meetings in Lewistown will shed more light on the issue.