Thursday, December 10, 2009

Horse Butte Closed to Cattle!!

FINALLY! Gallatin National Forest has closed Horse Butte to cattle grazing. This is where the buffalo give birth in spring time. No cattle have even grazed here for 8 years. It's about time it was officially closed. The reason for the closure is simply because the "valuable habitat for grizzly bears, wolves and western toads would be hurt if cattle returned to the area." The closure had NOTHING to due with buffalo.“Bison are recognized as an issue in that area, but they were not the reason the allotment was closed," says Hebgen Lake District Ranger Lauren Turner. Not surprising.

Horse Butte Grazing Allotment Suitability Analysis

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