BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has ended a bison management plan that would have allowed the animals to be restored in more areas of the state.
The Republican announced Tuesday that the state had settled a lawsuit brought last year against the administration of his Democratic predecessor over the adoption of the bison plan.
Gianforte said he was acting to protect ranchers and farmers.
Bison in sufficient numbers could compete with livestock for forage on public grazing lands. The idea of restoring bison to more areas of Montana had been met with enthusiasm by wildlife advocates, who have long pushed for the animals to be treated by the state as free-roaming wildlife.