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Governor Orders No Bison Hazing on Private Property

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Governor Steve Bullock ordered the Department of Livestock not to haze bison that roam on private properties, unless there is an imminent threat of spreading disease.

Governor Bullock issued the directive on Friday afternoon, as bison hazing operations begin around Yellowstone National Park.

In the letter, which was addressed to the chair of the Montana Board of Livestock, Jan French, Bullock stated that efforts to manage bison must be approved by the governor under Montana law.

In the statute, the state can enter private property to remove bison if they're infected with a dangerous, contagious disease.

In the letter, Bullock goes on to write that private landowners have expressed concerns about the impact this causes to their private property rights.

The governor said that effective now, the department cannot enter private property without the permission from the landowner or if there's a threat of disease.

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