There haven’t been cattle on it for 8 years, but now it is officially closed to grazing-
Despite the absence of cattle on the butte, its official status as a grazing allotment allows Montana Department of Livestock and the Montana Stockgrowers Assn. to bleat about the dangers of brucellosis from the bison that migrate out of Yellowstone every winter (and especially spring) onto the butte. Now their propaganda is even more just thin vapor.
Horse Butte is used by all kinds of rare species the Forest Service says in addition to bison. Much of the Butte is also private and owned by a family that supports free roaming bison.
The difficulty closing this area officially to grazing underscores how hard it is to get livestock off any public lands regardless of the other more important values of a place.
National Forest closes Horse Butte grazing. By Daniel Person. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer.
Added. Here is the actual Forest Service Horse Butte-suitability analysis