AR-News: Timeline drafted for proposed bison hunt

jim robertson wolfcrest at
Sun Sep 7 18:33:07 EDT 2003

Timeline drafted for proposed bison hunt

Helena _ The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department has drafted a 
timeline for a proposed bison hunt.

If the timeline is implemented, the hunt would begin in the fall of 2004 or 
the winter of 2005.

The Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 395, which would allow hunters to 
kill the animals should they wander into Montana from Yellowstone National 

Gov. Judy Martz signed it into law in early May.

The state had bison hunts from the late 1980s until 1991. Wildlife officials 
often led hunters to the animals, but a national outcry led to the state to 
stop the hunts.

The proposal next goes to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission, which 
will take up the issue after public comment and an environmental assessment.

Both the commission and the Board of Livestock have to agree to the hunt 
after the environmental assessment.

The timeline will then be presented to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks 
Commission at a regular commission meeting in Billings Thursday and to the 
Board of Livestock at its Sept. 15 meeting.


In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be 
cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the 
name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are 
at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.
-- Ruth Harrison, author of Animal Machines

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