Ranchers oppose Yellowstone bison relocation

Billing, Montana (AP) 1-09

Ranchers are voicing concern about plans to relocate some Yellowstone Park bison to Indian reservations in Montana and Wyoming.

The ranchers are worried about the animals’ history of carrying brucellosis, a disease that causes domestic cows to miscarry.

At issue is the relocation of more than 40 bison, kept under quarantine for three years as part of an experiment to keep alive at least some of the bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park.

Three Indian reservations, the Fort Belknap and Fort Peck reservations in Montana and Wind River in Wyoming, have submitted proposals for acquiring the bison.

Representatives from state and federal government agencies will meet this month to review bison management proposals submitted by the reservations.