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Management and Planning News

National Bison Range Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Final Record of Decision

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its ongoing efforts to plan for the future of the National Bison Range, announces the availability of the national wildlife refuge’s final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and final Record of Decision (ROD). The final CCP will guide future management of the National Bison Range for the next 15 years.

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Wildlife Sightings

Picture of bighorn sheep on green hillside on National Bison Range. Most sheep are males or rams and have large curling horns. There are about 10 sheep in the photo.

Visitors and staff have been seeing lots of wildlife on the refuge.

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Noteworthy News

IMPORTANT NEWS!

 A young bison calf, only a few days old, stands in front of its mother, its rusty red baby coat contrasting with the female’s dark brown hide. Photo taken on April 18, 2014 by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer, NBR/USFWS

The National Bison Range is located in the middle of the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana. Through Public Law No. 116-260, signed into law December 27, 2020, Congress repealed the statute that created the National Bison Range, and Congress restored the land of the National Bison Range so it is once again held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (Tribes). The legislation also created a two-year transition period during which Congress directed the Interior Secretary, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), to cooperate with the Tribes in transition activities as the Tribes assume full management of the Bison Range. Both the Service and the Tribes will work toward a smooth transition for the bison, wildlife, staff, and the public. As required by the legislation, the Tribes will continue to manage the Bison Range for bison and wildlife conservation and will continue to provide public access.

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Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge Complex

National Bison Range National Bison Range is managed as part of the Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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