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Bovine Legal Battle Pits Bison Against Cattle

Posted Jun 1, 2012 9:24 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Sixty-three relocated bison now living on a reservation in northern Montana are at the center of a legal battle.

Tribal officials and environmentalists praised the relocation of the bison from Yellowstone National Park in March, but a lawsuit soon followed, according to the New York Times Green blog.

The plaintiff is a livestock and property-rights collective that contends the bison could spread disease and compete with cattle for grazing. Montana Gov. has criticized the lawsuit as an effort to obtain “cheap grass,” a reference to low fees paid to graze cattle on public lands.

A judge has issued an injunction blocking further bison transfers, the story says. The issue is on appeal to the Montana Supreme Court.

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