Last month Montana's Governor issued an order making it illegal for the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) to enter private property to remove buffalo against the landowners' wishes. In the Horse Butte housing area where most landowners enjoy living with the buffalo and one family bought 800 acres they call a wildlife sanctuary, 61 adults and 21 calves avoided harassment by MDOL. The buffalo nursed, ate grass, and played--like buffalo do. On June 5th while MDOL and park rangers were hazing moms, babies, and juvenile buffalo into the park on the south side of the Madison River, the buffalo on the sanctuary migrated to summer habitat on their own. These buffalo walked at their own pace, swam rivers, and rested when needed as they headed east, to their summer range, inside Yellowstone. It was the first time the buffalo were able to show us what BFC has always predicted, the buffalo can and will do this on their own.
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