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Montana officials to re-work bison tolerance plan

By The Associated Press
Published On: Mar 18 2014 03:48:04 PM MDT
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State officials say they will re-work plans to ease restrictions on Yellowstone National Park bison that enter Montana after the Board of Livestock declined to act on a proposal giving the animals more room to roam.

State Veterinarian Marty Zaluski said Tuesday that board members wanted more information on the potential costs of a proposal allowing bison onto more than 400,000 acres outside the park. That includes the Hebgen Basin, the Taylor Fork of the Gallatin River and other areas where bison were long prohibited because of disease concerns.

Thousands of bison were killed over the past two decades as they attempted to enter parts of Montana.

The proposal would let bison remain outside Yellowstone year-round only if the park's population were reduced sharply from the 4,600 animals tallied last summer.