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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

National Bison Range Postpones Annual Bison Roundup Due to Smoke and Fire Risk

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2017


Bison at the National Bison Range during the 2016 Bison roundup. Credit:  Dave Fitzpatrick/USFWS
Bison at the National Bison Range during the 2016 Bison roundup. Credit: Dave Fitzpatrick/USFWS

MOIESE, Mont. – Citing safety concerns, the National Bison Range (NBR) announced today that its annual bison roundup is postponed indefinitely. The event was previously scheduled for October 2 and 3, 2017.  

Significant amounts of smoke, combined with Stage II fire restrictions, have created conditions that make it impossible for NBR staff to safely prepare for and conduct activities that are necessary for this annual event.

“Protecting the health and safety of our staff, visitors, the bison, and our refuge horses is our top priority,” said Refuge Manager Jeff King. “These unhealthy air conditions combined with dry vegetation not only pose serious respiratory issues for both humans and animals, but roundup activities also risk sparking another fire.” 

The NBR relies on ATVs and horses in its annual roundup activities. ATV operation and potential sparks from a horseshoe striking a rock can be a source of ignition when conditions are as dry as those currently experienced at the NBR.

It is unknown at this time when the event will be rescheduled, but current conditions must substantially improve before such a determination can be made.  

Updates on the status of the roundup will be provided at the following pages:

Additionally, members of the public can call the NBR headquarters at 406-644-2211.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228

303-236-7905

303-236-3815 FAX

www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/



Contacts

Ryan Moehring
(303) 236-0345
Ryan_Moehring@fws.gov



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Last modified: September 12, 2017
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