Montana is still looking for a home for the quarantined bison. The decision to quarantine some of the bison — as opposed to outright slaughter, which has been the most common reaction to bison wandering outside the Yellowstone National Park boundaries — was hailed as a move forward in brucellosis management.
We’re not alleging or suggesting the bison have been mistreated in any way; as a matter of fact we suspect they’ve been treated and fed well. The larger issue is the propriety of confining an animal like the American bison to a relatively small space. This is a creature, after all, used to roaming over a huge expanse of land. And we’re guessing government shackles, no matter how velvety they are, are still rather confining. Still, the bison are still alive.
Some potential new homes for the bison include a ranch owned by Ted Turner; American Indian tribal land at Fort Belknap; and several zoos across the country.