FWP looking for input on the future of wild bison in Montana

FWP – What is the future for wild bison in Montana? That’s the basic question at least one Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist will wrestle with over the coming year. Arnold Dood, a 33-year FWP veteran, will crisscross the state to talk about bison with groups and communities.

“We’ll talk about bison and whether or not it makes sense to have a wild, free-ranging population somewhere in Montana,” Dood said. “Where can wild bison exist and be managed like wild deer, elk, or antelope?”

In addition to statewide presentations and discussions, FWP has created a way for others to offer opinions via an online survey. Results will help FWP design a scientific survey of randomly selected Montana households later this year.

“There are wild bison in other places,” said Dave Risley, administrator of FWP’s fish and wildlife division in Helena. “Bison have strong romantic and emotional ties to Western history. As the state agency responsible for Montana’s wildlife, we need to explore all alternatives for bison management.”

Presentations and discussions on the future of bison in Montana will be accommodated on request. FWP will also develop a schedule of presentations for various groups. To arrange for a presentation call Dood at 406- 994-6780.

For more information, or to take the online survey, visit FWP’s Web site at fwp.mt.gov. Click Bison Future. Or send an email to adood@mt.gov .

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