Species Removal & Relocation
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) invites the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the evaluation of potential interim locations for the placement of brucellosis-free bison. The interim locations evaluated include: FWP’s Marias River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Spotted Dog WMA, tribal lands on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Reservations, the Green Ranch (Bozeman), and the Slip ‘n Slide pastures (Corwin Springs). Public comments will be accepted by FWP from September 15 through 5 p.m. on October 19, 2011, and may be submitted via: • email to BisonSiteEvaluationEA@mt.gov, or • regular mail to FWP, Attn: Interim Translocation of Bison EA, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Public comments can also be submitted at one of the following regional meetings: • October 5 in Deer Lodge at 6:30pm in the Community Center • October 6 in Shelby at 6:30pm in the Toole County Courthouse • October 17 in Glasgow at 7:00pm at the Glasgow Civic Center, so that interested parties near to the proposed tribal sites can submit comments. ** UPDATE: Addendum added and public comment period extended. The addendum to the “Draft Environmental Assessment for Interim Translocation of Bison” lists a range of costs and materials that could be used for proposed infrastructure improvements. This addendum also emphasizes that if there is a finding during the public comment period that leads to the elimination of one of the sites, then the total acres assessed, and the total number of bison that could be placed on any of the remaining locations, could also be adjusted. THE COMMENT PERIOD ON THIS PUBLIC NOTICE HAS CLOSED.