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Montana Could Allow Bison To Roam

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Montana officials could allow Yellowstone bison to migrate to near areas of the state, if the bison population is reduced.

The Montana Board of Livestock is expected to consider the proposal tomorrow.

The proposal would allow bison to roam all year on more than 400,000 acres, if the bison population drops below 3,300, which hasn't happened since 2009.

Last summer, biologists counted 4,600.

Montana ranchers are against the proposal because they worry about disease transmission and competitive grazing.

This winter 630 bison have so far been killed under an agreement between the state and federal governments.

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