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Wild Plains Bison


Wild Plains bison (Bison bison)

Principal Biologist(s)

Mike Phillips

Project Location

Historical range of wild plains bison with a differential emphasis on Montana and the Rocky Mountain West

Conservation Problem

Wild plains bison are exceedingly rare

Conservation Status

ESA – not listed; IUCN Red List – near threatened in 2008; state governments – some list species as livestock whereas others apply a dual status as wildlife and livestock

Project Goals & Objectives

Improve the conservation status of wild plains bison without negatively impacting the bison livestock industry.


Project Background