Mont.'s Bison Restoration Plan Corralled For Now

Law360, New York (May 9, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT) -- Landowners and advocacy groups won a preliminary injunction in Montana court Wednesday barring state officials from restoring Yellowstone National Park bison to tribal lands until the court rules on whether the move was proposed without planning required under state environmental laws.

The threatened harm from moving disease-prone Yellowstone bison without a proper plan, opportunities for public comment, and authorization from proposed pasture landowners “outweighs whatever damage the proposed injunction would cause,” Judge John C. McKeon ruled Wednesday.

The landowners argued that brucellosis, a disease affecting bison...
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