Bison Conservation & Management


Bison are the largest terrestrial mammal in North America. Their large, low-hanging heads allow them to gather low-growing vegetation, even in the snow, and their thick fur insulates them from extreme environmental conditions. Their sharp horns aid in self-defense. These unique physical characteristics that cause bison to be easily recognized also play an important role in their historical success.

Draft EIS – Bison Conservation and Management in Montana

This draft EIS presents and evaluates four broad alternatives for restoring bison to include a ‘no action’ alternative.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Public comment on the DRAFT statewide EIS can be submitted

  • Mail comments to:
    • Bison Conservation and Management EIS
    • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
    • P.O. Box 200701
    • Helena, MT 59620-0701
  • Comments will not be accepted over the phone.

Comments will be accepted until September 11, 2015 at 5 pm (MDT).

Statewide Bison Management Plan EIS Public Scoping


FWP began a public scoping process in 2012 by holding eight open houses across the state. FWP followed these open houses with the formation of a stakeholder group to discuss a framework for an EIS. Learn More

FWP, Fort Peck & Fort Belknap Reservations Bison MOUs


Bison Quarantine Program

The animals are part of the Bison Quarantine Feasibility Study (QFS), the research project that began in 2004 directed by FWP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to produce bison free of brucellosis.

Interagency Bison Management Plan