The following is portion of an article from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
By CARLY FLANDRO
A state agency wants a new judge to preside over lawsuits being brought by Park County and the Park County Stockgrowers Association over a decision allowing bison to freely roam the Gardiner Basin.
“We feel that this issue is of such local importance to the economy there and the people there that we should relieve the local judge of the responsibility to hear the case,” said Rebecca Jakes Dockter, an attorney for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
A hearing was scheduled for Park County district judge Nels Swandal’s courtroom today, but was postponed following FWP’s request that Swandal be replaced. Swandal will pick his replacement.
FWP and other agencies were scheduled to ask Swandal to throw out a restraining order that bars the state from implementing a policy that is more tolerant of Yellowstone bison in southern Park County.
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Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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