The area would extend 13 miles past the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, encompassing most of the Gardiner Basin and ending at Yankee Jim Canyon. Fencing would be erected at that point to keep bison from heading further north into the Paradise Valley.
In the past bison grazing in this area was prohibited; bison would be hazed back onto parkland. But that’s proven to be an untenable long-term solution to the bison-grazing problem, and Montana officials — who had long oppposed letting bison outside of the Yellowstone National Park confined — have backed off their opposition and willing to explore the use of this expanded grazing land as a buffer zone.
A final proposal is expected within the next few days. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the proposal, as Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a public meeting on April 14 in Gardiner to discuss it.