Montana: Shades of Buffalo Bill

Shades of Buffalo Bill

It brings back images of the great buffalo massacres of the 19th century. Since last October, Montana hunters have gunned down a record number of bison that have been roaming outside the bounds of fire-ravaged Yellowstone National Park, foraging on neighboring ranch and forest land. The state legislature made bison a big-game animal again in 1985, after game wardens had had to shoot 88 stray bison and hunters complained that the privilege should have been theirs.

Ranchers claim that the bison, in addition to damaging fences and depleting food needed by cattle, can infect their herds with brucellosis, a disease that...

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