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Victory for Bears and Buffalo: DOL Helicopter Grounded

[Ed. Note: Watch Bison Hazing showing hazing by snowmobiles.]

From Buffalo Field Campaign
October 2012

According to our stellar legal team, the State of Montana Department of Livestock has ended its helicopter hazing program!

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Image from Jim Robertson, Animals in the Wild

Buffalo Field Campaign provided expert assistance to the nonprofit Alliance for the Wild Rockies, who filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) agencies for permitting the use of helicopters to haze wild bison in threatened grizzly bear habitat.

Filed by attorney Rebecca K. Smith of the Public Interest Defense Center, the complaint made a compelling case that low-altitude bison-hazing helicopter flights violate numerous federal laws by harassing and displacing not only wild bison, but threatened grizzly bears, a species that is federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.