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Bernhardt extends USNPS bison research program for 10 years

Efforts to better understand genetic pools held within the Interior Department's roughly 11,000 bison and to bolster conservation and ecological efforts with states and tribes were boosted Thursday when Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced a decade-long initiative to support that work.

"It gives us -- the professional, non-political appointees  -- durable direction for the next 10 years, as written by the professionals and supported by all the bureaus," said Brendan Moynahan, who chairs Interior's Bison Working Group. "We'll now develop and implement a metapopulation plan, a shared stewardship strategy for continental scale partnerships, and institutionalize low-stress handling, and strengthen mechanisms for delivery of live bison to Native American tribes.

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