Thu May 31 00:00:00 MDT 2007
The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) for the proposed amendment to the Final Bison Hunt Environmental Assessment (September 30, 2004) to adjust bison hunting season dates in a portion of Bison Hunting District 385. Eleven public responses were received on this proposal. Eight comments came from interested individuals and three comments came from three interested groups during the 22-day comment period ending May 14, 2007. It is my decision to proceed with the preferred alternative (Alternative B). Alternative B will allow bison hunting in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness portion of Bison HD 385 from September 15 to November 14 for all successful applicants of the HD 385 bison licenses, will require mandatory harvest reporting, and establish an annual harvest quota of 2 bison with a hunting season closure on a 48-hour notice, similar to FWP regulations in Unlimited Bighorn Sheep Hunting Districts.