Friday, September 30, 2022

Will Montana be More Tolerant of Park Bison?

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Northern Ag Network Note:  The following is from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website.  Interested parties have until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13 to comment on adaptive management adjustments to the Interagency Bison Management Plan.  CLICK HERE for background on the IBMP.

The attached Environmental Assessment (CLICK HERE TO READ) has been prepared for the proposed Adaptive Management Adjustments to the Interagency Bison Management Plan.  This proposes  the following adaptive management adjustments to the IBMP:

  • Allow bison on habitat on FS and other lands north of the park boundary and south of Yankee Jim Canyon.  Bison would not be allowed north of the hydrological divide (i.e., mountain ridge-tops) between Dome Mountain/Paradise Valley and the Gardiner Basin on the east side of the Yellowstone River, and Tom Miner basin and the Gardiner Basin on the west side of the Yellowstone River (see Map #2 on page 13).
  • Trailer up to 300 female and calf bison testing negative for brucellosis from the Stephens Creek capture facility to a double-fenced quarantine facility in Corwin Springs for holding until release back into Yellowstone National Park (YNP) in spring as necessary.  The quarantine facility in Corwin Springs is leased by APHIS and the State of Montana and APHIS have collaborated to complete environmental analyses for use of the facility.
  • Evaluate the effects of these adjustments and modify as necessary to prevent bison from occupying lands north of the hydrological divide and minimize the risk of transmission of brucellosis to livestock.

The migrating bison within the expanded tolerance area would still be moved back into YNP by May 1 of each year. 

This Draft EA is available for review in Helena at FWP’s Headquarters, in Bozeman at the above address,  or viewed on FWP’s Internet website.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal.  The public comment period will be accepted until January 13 at 5 p.m. Comments should be sent to the following:

IBMP Adjustments

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks


1400 S. 19th Ave.

Bozeman, MT 59718

Or email comments to: IBMPadjustments@mt.gov 

 

Source:  Montana FWP

Posted by Haylie Shipp

 

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