Montana: The Return of Buffalo Bill

The Return of Buffalo Bill

Protected by the strictest of game laws, the bison population in Yellowstone National Park has increased to an unwieldy 2,000 head, a record number and a growing problem for park wildlife managers. When the Montana legislature passed a law allowing seven months of tightly regulated public hunting of Yellowstone buffalo that forage across the state line, animal rights activists became incensed. Said Rancher Ed Francis of Corwin Springs: "The animals are very dumb, and they just stand there and allow people to kill them. There's no sport to it."

Montana acted ostensibly to keep livestock free of brucellosis, or Bang's disease,...

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