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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 …

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 …

Bison with Calf

Scientists Speak Out in Support of Restoring Bison

9/25/2014 // By Steve Woodruff

Little more than a change in public perception stands in the way of one of the greatest triumphs in modern wildlife conservation. That’s what a veritable Who’s Who of leading wildlife scientists suggest in a recent letter calling for restoration …

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Samuel Quaintance.

Can Wild Bison Return to the Prairie Grasslands?

4/17/2014 // By Steve Woodruff

Most people probably know something about the awful history of the American bison. Almost every school child learns that 19th-century market hunters wiped out the vast herds that once roamed the prairies and that we barely managed to save this …

A bison surveys the herd from a ridge in Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.

Adopt an Icon of the American West: Help Bison Today

12/9/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For America’s bison, 2013 has been a pretty good year. And really, 2012 wasn’t too bad either. But for an animal with a history as profoundly sad as the bison’s, one good year (or even a couple) can be a …

Bison start moving off to graze. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

Restoration of 34 Wild Bison to Tribal Lands Marks New Milestone

8/23/2013 // By Judith Kohler

  Another homecoming, another important milestone in the quest to restore wild bison to tribal lands and their rightful place—the grasslands they once roamed by the millions. An enthusiastic crowd of about 150 greeted  34 bison as they were freed Aug. 22 …

Bison on Fort Peck Reservation. Photo Copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

Yellowstone Bison Revitalize Prairie on Fort Peck Reservation in One Year

7/2/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Robbie Magnan, Manager of the Fort Peck Tribes Game and Fish Department, picks us up from our hotel in Wolf Point, Montana right a noon. His smile and good mood are infectious. To him, any day he gets to take …

Bison and calf by Dick Forehand

Public Responds, Bison Aren’t A “Creeping Cancer”

5/17/2013 // By Garrit Voggesser

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the effort to return wild bison to tribal lands would be stopped just as it was gaining ground. It looked like the dreams that culminated in the release of more than 60 …

Bison Grazing Under Prairie Sky

Native American Heritage Month: Celebrating Tribal Victories in Conservation

11/16/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich and diverse ancestry, traditions and cultures of Native Americans and to recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants of the United States and the …

Lone Yellowstone Bison

Restoring Buffalo to their Home on the Range

10/19/2012 // By Sarah Pizzo

Yesterday, I drove a thousand miles across the Great Plains and saw not a single buffalo. I did see domestic cows and sheep, coal-fired power plants and wind farms, miles of power lines and fences. I saw immense open prairie; …

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