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Montana officials approve expanded bison hunt

By Associated Press
Published On: Feb 13 2014 04:43:10 PM MST
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Montana wildlife commissions have approved a proposal to let state-licensed hunters take more bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park.
    
The proposal is contingent on a pending study on whether bison should be allowed more room to roam outside the park. That effort is being jointly pursued by Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock.
    
Thursday's approval by the Fish and Wildlife Commission would increase the annual quota on the animals from 150 to 200 animals. Also, hunting would be newly allowed in areas south and west of Hebgen Lake in Gallatin County.
    
Americans Indians who hunt bison under longstanding treaty rights are not bound by the quotas.
    
State officials say more than 100 bison have been killed this season by state and tribal hunters.