The Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation is re-introducing a bill to improve the conservation and management responsibilities of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) for wild buffalo/bison. This includes protecting private property while cooperating with the Department of Livestock.
The bill would state that buffalo/bison are culturally important and valued native wildlife in Montana. In recognition of the cultural heritage and treaty rights of sovereign tribal nations, FWP will pursue opportunities for conservation and management of wild buffalo/bison with tribal governments in Montana.
Before FWP releases or transplants any wild buffalo/bison onto public or private land in Montana, they will develop and adopt a conservation and management plan for them. It will include control provisions after consultation with several state agencies. The plan will include public comment and hearings in the affected counties.
When FWP is responsible for the death of a wild buffalo/bison, the carcass of the animal must be disposed of by the most economical means. The first priority is donation to a charity or Indian tribal organization.
The bill also repeals wild buffalo/bison being managed for disease control. Please ask your Legislators to support this bill (LC 2058) to better manage Montana’s buffalo.