In January, Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, & Parks released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement Record of Decision (ROD) on the feasibility of bison restoration in Montana. Bison almost always stir controversy and the ROD was certainly no exception.
So what is the decision and how will it affect the state? Montana land owners, farmers, and ranchers, knowing the risk of disease and the potential impact on Montana’s landscape associated with bison, are naturally concerned. Some Montanans, weary of the agenda of the environmental community, see the ROD as an invitation that could further the erosion of Montana’s rural communities.
This week, Tom Schultz, the host of Northern News Network’s Voices of Montana talk show, was joined in studio by FWP Director Martha Williams and Lauri Hanauska-Brown of the FWP Wildlife Division to talk about the ROD and if it is appropriate to restore Bison in Montana.
To hear the entire interview, check out the podcast on the Voices of Montana website.