The Montana Supreme Court issued an opinion Wednesday afternoon, upholding Judge Phillips' ruling in the Gardiner Basin bison case, which Park County had appealed: wild buffalo get to access the habitat that BFC, Earthjustice and other bison advocates and even the State of Montana argued for them to roam in the Gardiner Basin. The court concluded that Park County could not raise on appeal a claim they did not raise initially. Park County's appeal was dismissed and this case is over!
The Gardiner-area habitat expansion is not a solution to the serious challenges wild bison face in Montana, nor does it stop the slaughter. Mature bull bison will benefit. Mixed cow-calf family groups are not afforded the same tolerance. The new habitat available is seasonal, allowing bison to use portions of the Gardiner Basin for a few months. Hunting pressures have increased with this expanded habitat, and hazing of all wild bison in the Gardiner Basin will resume every spring. Because this is a state case, it does not stop Yellowstone National Park's capture and slaughter plans. Indeed, wild buffalo have barely been able to use the 75,000 acres of habitat that they have been granted, due to the Park's buffalo capture and slaughter operations, and hunting just outside of Yellowstone's boundary. Had any of Park County's claims survived, conditions would be far worse for any wild buffalo in Montana, as there would be none at all with the court's sanction.
Thank you attorneys Summer Nelson and Ted Fellman, and BFC's habitat coordinator Darrell Geist for your persistence in representing wild buffalo in this case! Thanks also to all of the pro-buffalo local residents, among them Fred Baker and Scott Hoeninghausen. Your voices were an important antidote to the complaints of the vocal anti-buffalo minority.
This decision is a cause and reason to press on until wild bison are roaming free throughout their native Montana again.
I'm confused...is Gardiner Basin in Montana or Wyoming? Just wondering since Montana has (had?) zero tolerance for bison. HOW can they get away with deciding what wild animals can roam in the state?
Another question: It says "Yellowstone National Park's capture and slaughter plans. Indeed, wild buffalo have barely been able to use the 75,000 acres of habitat that they have been granted, due to the Park's buffalo capture and slaughter operations, and hunting just outside of Yellowstone's boundary."
I thought bison were safe in Yellowstone Nat'l Park but it says it has capture and slaughter plans. How can this be? Is it the portion of the park in Montana or what?
gardiner is I believe in Montana
you can hardly tell what boundaries cross the park
plus,what would the bison know?
this "victory" begs more questions that it answers
ONE THING IS FOR SURE,THEY ARE USING THE FEDERAL PROTECTION AFFORDED TO THE NATIVE AMERICAN AS AN ABUSE,BY BRIBING THE NATIVES TO DO THEIR DIRTY WORK,KNOWING THEY CANNOT RESIST THE MONEY
Thanks TAS. There is something else I am going to post that I just received from the BFC. You can post the link if you want and I'll post the article. That way it can't be missed. lol