Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:40 AM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - A pair of bills relating to the management of bison received hearings in Helena on Thursday.
The first measure, HB 396, would require the state to get permission from county commissioners before relocating bison into their county.
The second proposal, Senate Bill 256, would force Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to pay for any private property damage that bison cause.
Both bills are in response to a recent decision by FWP to move nearly 70 bison from a quarantine facility to the Fort Peck Reservation.
Landowners fear the bison will trample neighboring farm land, destroy fencing and risk transmitting brucellosis to livestock.