Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Bison

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The Montana Supreme Court lifted an injunction granted by a district judge in March of 2012 that had prohibited the transfer of Yellowstone bison to tribal lands within Montana. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision said that bison transfers to tribal lands were fully within the scope of Montana law, granting a future to efforts to restore these iconic animals to their ancestral home.

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Each year, as wild bison wander beyond the borders of Yellowstone National Park in search of food, Montana livestock officials demand that these iconic animals be rounded up and shipped to slaughter houses to keep them out of Montana and to keep their numbers low.