WPR News
8:40 am
Fri March 16, 2007

Schweitzer Will Testify About Bison In Wash., D.C.

Laramie, WY – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer will take his bison complaints to Washington, DC next week, to testify before the House subcommittee that oversees national parks. Schweitzer says he'll ask for money to help establish some kind of "buffer zone" for bison around Yellowstone National Park. He also plans to tell the subcommittee that the federal government needs to reform how it manages bison, to reduce the risk of brucellosis spreading to cattle herds in Montana. Schweitzer says the Park Service allows possibly diseased animals to wander into Montana, which is certified as brucellosis-free. At the same time, he says the Department of Agriculture threatens to revoke the state's disease-free status, if Montana doesn't control the bison adequately.