Species Removal & Relocation
A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the FWP’s proposal to translocate wild bison resulting from the bison quarantine facility near Gardiner, Montana to the Green Ranch (Turner Enterprises Inc.) in Gallatin and Madison Counties, Montana and to the Guernsey State Park in Platte County, Wyoming. Bison were brought into in the quarantine feasibility study beginning in 2005 to determine whether it is possible to certify that individual or groups of Yellowstone National Park bison are free from brucellosis, including latent infections of brucellosis, with the ultimate purpose to provide disease-free bison for conservation purposes. These bison otherwise would have been sent to slaughter. The quarantine protocols and research data gathered at the bison quarantine facilities have established processes and monitoring methods that have yielded bison that are seronegative for brucellosis, and that can be used to supplement genetic variation of existing wild bison herds or establish new herds on the American Plains, where appropriate. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 12, 2010. Comments should be sent to the following: Bison Translocation, MFWP, 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena MT 59601 or email comments to QFBison@mt.gov. **NEW DATE: A public meeting is scheduled for January 7, 2010, at the Bozeman FWP HQ office, 1400 South 19th Ave, Bozeman, starting at 6:00 p.m., contact 406-994-4042 for more information.