May 29, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 22

Dangerous Misconceptions About Wild Bison On The CMR

In the May 13 Great Falls Tribune, Tom France wrote, “The million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, ideal native prairie bison habitat ... likely will emerge as the best possible site – and perhaps the only viable location – for restoring an ecologically significant bison herd” and “the vast majority of Montanans ... believe our vast grasslands retain space for wild bison.” These are understandable, but dangerous misconceptions.

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Northeastern Montana prairies (the CMR is a lake, not a prairie) historically are high quality habitat. Their health depends upon human...

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