Farmers fight return of iconic bison to Montana
Ranchers oppose release
- Duration 2:27
- Date Apr 9, 2012
Ranchers oppose release
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Here now -- a plan to bring back an iconic animals to the west but not without some serious controversy with the help with some native American tribes.
Dozens of Yellowstone bison have been brought into the state the farmers and fight this policy for years.
Dan Springer live in Seattle to figure out in between all this what's the significant of the buffalo -- Well -- -- is a big powerful animals it was cool seeing them up close -- these 61 bison are genetically pure putting them among only a few thousand left and all of North America.
They are direct descendants if you will of the millions that role in the great plains before nearly being wiped out in the 1880s.
And -- in -- Montana's lenders to give them back non complaints in the care.
Of the same tribes that depended on the -- -- for everything food clothing -- you name it.
So few weeks ago the state relocated 61 pure -- and from a holding and real don't national arm.
And handed them over to these and appointments who drive the northeastern Montana home.
When I think of my ancestors.
They would be so pleased that this has occurred finally.
Finally a reversal of fortune if you will for the Indian people.
Now there are hundreds of thousands of other -- in the country but they are bred with cattle and treated as livestock raised for their meat bill.
So -- the ranchers.
But not all happy about that -- that -- known fact.
They're almost all against -- opponents are mainly the ranchers and wheat farmers of northeastern Montana instead of -- the bison as an icon they see them.
As a nuisance that breaks down fences and competes with cattle for prime grazing land.
Over the years there have been a lot of conflicts with livestock bison escape being in doing a lot of damage we interviewed one cattlemen.
Who shot five -- in one day on this property they were.
Causing problems cattle last year they -- some 20000 dollars that he's afraid that this is just the beginning.
And that what conservation is really want is to create a three and a half million acre wildlife reserve with no room for ranchers.
They want everything all the fences gone all the cattle out of here they want this to be.
A giant game refuge where it's is free roaming animal.
And the opponents got to judge just recently to issue.
A an injunction blocking any more future relocation so that's going to be tied up in the courts for -- built all right Dan thanks Dan Springer -- and all that from Seattle thanks to him.