Montana Bison Restoration Coalition:
News Release -
Dallas Safari Club Supports Bison Coalition
The Dallas Safari Club Foundation has provided $5,000 to the Gallatin Wildlife Association as support for the Montana Wild Bison Restoration Coalition. Funds will be used toward the Coalition’s first goal: to disseminate information around Montana on issues and opportunities for restoring public, wild bison on and near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Since 1972, Dallas Safari Club has been active in the conservation of wildlife and wilderness, education, and protecting rights and interests of hunters. Gallatin Wildlife and the Montana Wild Bison Restoration Coalition are pleased to be collaborating with them in achieving mutual goals.
The Montana Bison Restoration Project aims to
enhance public awareness of conservation opportunities for wild, public bison in our state; and to establish a bison herd on public land and private land where bison are accepted, within and near the
Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
The Montana Bison Restoration Coalition consists of individuals and organizations – conservationists, sportsmen and women, landowners and wildlife biologists – dedicated to returning genetically adequate numbers of wild bison to the state. We encourage respectful, public conversation with all stakeholders.
Currently, there is no herd of wild bison, year-round, in Montana.
In 2009, Fish, Wildlife & Parks initiated planning for reestablishing bison. A limited proposal that did not identify a reintroduction site, was developed in 2015, but there has been no decision to proceed.
Bison free of serious diseases that may pass to cattle are available from several sources for this project. FWP has rights to such bison now being cared for at Forts Peck and Belknap Reservations.
Bison in Yellowstone National Park are the only truly wild population of plains bison in the United States. The CMR National Wildlife Refuge is the best location in the country for establishing a second wild herd.
For more information, please contact this website: http://www.mtwildbison.org
or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gallatin Wildlife Association's main goal concerning bison is to get free-roaming bison on public land, public land outside of the park boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Currently bison from Yellowstone National Park has a history of roaming out of the park boundary during the winter months for warmer temperatures and less snowpack trying to find their normal winter range. As a result bison are captured and slaughtered, never having a chance to get firmly attached to the public landscape within Montana and outside the park boundary. For more information on GWA's position, please see the link above or click on this link below.
A new article by Dr. Jim Bailey:
A new page has been added to our website entitled: "Plains Bison - The Forgotten Species". To read more, simply click on this link below or go to the top of this page and click on the title as stated. This is an article by Dr. Jim Bailey describing the misconception that Bison are occurring in the wild. Outside of Yellowstone National Park (YNP), this is not the case. Even bison within YNP is somewhat confined by imaginary boundaries imposed upon them by man. There is a need to restore bison to the wild. Please get involved in this action.