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Judge Rules Wild Bison Relocation Still Makes Them Untamed

Apr 08, 2014 07:19 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
Wild Bison, Untamed, Montana

Wild bison that are removed and relocated from Yellowstone National Park are still wild.

According to an Associated Press article on The San Francisco Chronicle's website, a judge did not rule in favor Tuesday of officials and citizens in Montana who felt putting the bison in another spot allows the Department of Livestock to oversee the animals.  

District Judge John McKeon ruled that the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks can catch, seclude, or move bison to a different place under law of the state of Montana. The animal's situation is not changed.

Wildlife officials unveiled goals to move a team of 135 Yellowstone bison prior to the next winter season the AP reported on The Chronicle's website.

In 2012, the plantiffs in the case reportedly filed a lawsuit to prevent 68 bison from being moved to the Fort Belknap, and Fort Peck Indian Reservations in Montana the AP reported on The Chronicle's website.

In another related instance, wild bison in Yellowstone that did not have cattle disease were thought to possibly be used to make other groups of the animals in other parts of the United States Northwest region according to a study from the United States Department of Agriculture Reuters previously reported.

The findings raised hopes of park managers, Native American tribes and wildlife advocates that efforts to restore bison populations derived from the nation's last pure-bred band of wild bison will face less resistance from the cattle industry Reuters reported.

"The study is a valuable contribution to advancing bison conservation," David Hallac, chief of science and research at the Yellowstone Center for Resources previously told Reuters.

"The key conclusion is that it's feasible for us to take bison from Yellowstone and make them eligible to be used for restoration," Keith Aune, a co-author of the study told Reuters. "They are a very important source of genes that harken back to the ancient DNA of North American bison," Aune previously told Reuters.

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