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Long time coming: 55 Yellowstone NP bison finally transferred to Montana tribes

In a historic conservation moment, bison will now begin new lives at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Yellowstone National Park completed the first transfer of bison to the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Poplar, Montana under the operational quarantine program. Fifty-five male bison completed Phases I & II of the brucellosis quarantine protocol at Yellowstone and will finish assurance testing (Phase III) at Fort Peck.

“The transfer of these bison is the culmination of years of work by the National Park Service, the Tribes, the State of Montana, and APHIS,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly. “Quarantine is a critical component in bison management and the National Park Service is committed to expand and sustain this program.”

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