Read Public Input from Billings Bison Meeting


After a series of public scoping meetings to gauge sentiment towards bison in the state, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is now making the comments they received public. 

In Billings on May 25, an estimated 100 people attended the scoping meeting.  Please read “Wild Bison Public Scoping Meetings Continue” for more from that meeting. 

Below are some of the comments recorded:

  • Heavy fenced are needed.  Even with them, they’ll get out.
  • Management can be worked out.
  • Hire enough trained bison personnel to manage the herd effectively.
  • Annual testing should be required to make sure bison are disease free.
  • How many acres will be needed to support genetically viable populations of bison?

CLICK HERE to read the full list of comments recorded in Billings.  Comments from the meeting in Glasgow can also be found HERE.  FWP says the public comments from all meetings held will soon be posted on their website.  In the meantime, they will be taking public input through 5 p.m. on June 25, 2012.  All of the comments are part of the initial development of an environmental impact statement that will examine the future of bison in Montana as wildlife.  To submit your coments, email them to or send the hard copy to MT FWP Bison Plan Scoping, ATTN: Arnold Dood, 1400 South 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59718.  These comments will too be made available publicly after the comment period closes.


© Northern Ag Network 2012

Haylie Shipp


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