The release — billed as an experiment of sorts — is designed to see how the bison will do outside the Yellowstone boundaries. It’s also designed to show that bison can live in the “wild” — and we use that term with some reservations — while while protecting Montana’s brucellosis-free status.
Under the IBMP, these bison will be allowed in this area outside the park boundary until April 15. The agencies will monitor the movement of these 25 bison to determine how they use this landscape with the hope that in the future 50 and eventually 100 bison can access this area.
The bison were slated to be released from the Stephens Creek holding facility this morning. They will be trailed by an interagency group of riders on horseback as they move north through Yellowstone National Park and along the Old Yellowstone Trail onto Gallatin National Forest land.
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