The plan would allow Yellowstone bison to graze in 75,000 acres 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 grazed 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 opposed letting bison outside of the Yellowstone National Park confined — worked out the details of the plan with IBMP reps.
Seven IBMP groups had already endorsed the plan; Jim Stone with the Intertribal Bison Cooperative was the last one to join in, and he did so at a Gardiner meeting tonight.
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