Fish, Wildlife and Parks

BOZEMAN – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock have extended the public comment period on a draft environmental assessment reviewing the potential for bison to occupy public lands adjacent to Yellowstone National Park year-round.

Public comments on the EA will now be accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 13; the original deadline was Aug. 13.

The draft EA evaluates several options, or “alternatives,” allowing for increased tolerance of bison in the Hebgen and Gardiner basins. It also includes a “No Action” alternative, which would result in no changes to current bison tolerance zones defined by the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP).

The full text of the document can be found online at: fwp.mt.gov/news/publicnotices/environmentalAssessments/plans/pn_0014.html
Comments can be sent to yearroundbison-ea@mt.gov, or Bison Year-Round Habitat EA, Montana FWP, 1400 S. 19th Ave. Bozeman, MT 59718.