Lawsuit Seeks to Secure Public Access to Bison and Prevent Privatization of Calves
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 23, 2010
Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign 406-646-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Nelson, Western Watersheds Project, 406-830-3099, email@example.com
Glenn Hockett, Gallatin Wildlife Association, 406-586-1729, firstname.lastname@example.org
GALLATIN COUNTY, MONTANA: Four conservation organizations filed a legal challenge today against the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ (FWP) decision to complete one phase of its Quarantine Feasibility Study on a private ranch of Turner Enterprises, Inc. (TEI), and to give TEI a percentage of the public’s bison at the end of the study. The groups assert that this action violates the state’s public trust responsibilities to protect and manage wildlife for public and not private benefit. The decision privatizes a full 75% of any offspring born to the 86 bison now held on TEI’s Green Ranch. Throughout earlier phases of the study, FWP indicated all bison, including offspring, would be managed as public wildlife and could never be privatized. The plaintiffs assert FWP’s final decision goes against these promises, and against FWP’s public trust duties.
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