Montana FWP Director Martha Williams had a stark message for Montana counties in her interview on the Voices of Montana Program this week. When asked if FWP would comply with county ordinances related to bison management, Williams revealed that her Department had no intention of doing so.
Voters in several Montana counties have enacted bison management ordinances, which require that all bison in the county, both domestic and wild, be tested for brucellosis, be branded or tagged and have their health status tracked. Under these voter-enacted ordinances, entities that wish to graze bison in the county must have a management and conservation plan.
Bison management ordinances have been popular in the counties that have been targeted by FWP and APR for massive free-roaming...