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Wild Bison on Montana’s Horizon

9/3/2015 // By Steve Woodruff

Why would anybody oppose restoring at least some of the West’s most iconic animals to the wild? Much of the opposition boils down to competition for grass: bison eat pretty much what cattle eat. But the time when wild bison …


Charting a New Path for Yellowstone’s Bison

6/17/2015 // By Kit Fischer

Yellowstone’s bison have faced more hardship and controversy than nearly any other large mammal in America. In the early 20th century, bison were nearly slaughtered to extinction by commercial hunters. The National Park Service estimates that less than 50 wild bison remained …

Bison by Carol Ayers at the National Bison Range in Montana.

‘Sportsmen for Bison’ Rallies Hunters Around Tremendous Restoration Opportunity

6/3/2015 // By Steve Woodruff

  One of the biggest constituency for wildlife now has an opportunity to benefit one of the biggest game animals: bison. Over the past century, hunters have led the way in restoring and conserving wildlife such as elk, deer, bighorn sheep, …

Bison Grazing, photo credit K Murphy/NPS

NWF Members Give Bison Room to Roam

5/21/2015 // By Tori Leach

Right now, NWF members can help achieve important wins for wild bison. In the West, conflict sometimes arise between livestock grazing on National Forests and bison. Domestic livestock graze on public lands that ranchers lease. Wildlife try to roam their …

Weekly News Roundup: Celebrating Wins for Wildlife and more

5/8/2015 // By Linda Argueta

Bison are celebrating a great victory this week! On Monday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock vetoed a bill that would have doomed the species’ chances to freely roam their native habitat in the state. Thanks to Governor Bullock and your support, …

Wood bison are threatened by tar sands extraction.  Photo Credit USFWS.

Canada Fails to Protect Wood Bison Herd from Tar Sands

4/14/2015 // By Jim Murphy

As we await the President’s anticipated rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, new information on iconic wood bison further demonstrates how tar sands oil harms wildlife every step of the way. In the productive habitat of Northern Alberta in Canada, the Athabasca …

Herding bison bound for release at Fort Peck, MT

Crane Trust Welcomes Bison Home

1/22/2015 // By Garrit Voggesser

On a non-descript Saturday, January 17th 2015, just before sunset, trucks hauling trailers pulled into a field near Alda, Nebraska. A place of solitude, with Nebraska’s last remaining tall and mixed-grass prairie along the North Platte River, the quiet of …

Photo by Robin Poole.

Wild Bison Find Their Way Home to Tribal Lands

11/13/2014 // By Garrit Voggesser

In the summer of 1999, I spent several weeks, while interning with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), in Yellowstone National Park manning a booth to speak with visitors about the importance of protecting bison. The visitors came from all walks …

Weekly News Roundup: A Victory for Bison!

10/24/2014 // By Linda Argueta

When you have such a dedicated group of people working for wildlife, it’s hard not to have success stories. Another great win for wildlife, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided to transfer 146 bison from Ted Turner’s Montana …

Bison on Cheyenne River Stephen C. Torbit

Wild Bison’s Long-Awaited Homecoming Continues

10/22/2014 // By Judith Kohler

Two decades of work to restore wild bison across landscapes they once dominated continues to pay off. The latest good news is that Fort Peck in northeast Montana is getting more Yellowstone bison. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has …