FWP Schedules Public Meeting on Bison Hunt EA

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a public meeting in Bozeman on Monday, June 21st to gather public input on an environmental assessment that evaluates a bison hunt in southwestern Montana. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 5 Baxter Lane.

The environmental assessment was prepared to evaluate the feasibility of a limited public hunt for bison that enter Montana from Yellowstone National Park. Bison from the Yellowstone herd were legally hunted in Montana in the early 1950s and late 1980s.

“Public responses to our scoping document issued in February were evenly divided between respondents in favor of hunting, and those opposing hunting,” said Kurt Alt, Regional Wildlife Manager. “At this point we would like to gather the public’s opinions of the four alternatives contained in the environmental assessment.” The four alternatives include a no hunting alternative, and three other alternatives that vary in location, hunt periods, and number of permits.

Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m. July 9, 2004 and should be mailed to Bison Hunt, Montana FWP, 1400 S. 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59718. The EA is available for viewing on the FWP website at this location or a copy can be obtained from the Region 3 headquarters at (406) 994-4042.