With the snow piling up in the Park, and temperatures heading back down below zero this week, the Yellowstone bison are still trying to move down to winter range. The issue is getting hotter, as property owners are beginning to protest the hazing of bison by Department of Livestock employees on their private lands, and more and more Montanans are recognizing just how broken the current bison policy really has become.
This weekend, some friends of mine in West Yellowstone sent me this link to the Montana Elk Hunting Journal, written by outfitter JB Klyap, of Dome Mountain Ranch. Mr. Klyap has written one of the best pieces about the situation that I have read. The Montana Elk Hunting Journal quickly went onto my internet “favorites” list. Please take a look.
And while Mr. Klyap was writing his post, the Montana Senate voted 31- 19 to approve a bill brought by Senator John Brendan that will ban Montana wildlife officals from placing bison anywhere in the state other than the National Bison Range in Moise- thus effectively preventing any solution to the taxpayer-funded bison capture and slaughter program that is the focus of so much anger right now. Senator Brendan, just before the vote, sang a few choruses of “Home on the Range.” Brendan is from the town of Scobey, which is almost ten hours drive from West Yellowstone, and the fight over the buffalo.