There there are times when our present Governor has nit-picked where and what on he would stand up to the federal government. Some of his stands were about lame at best. Bison management being one of them. I understand the concern of ranchers not wanting to see a spread of disease to cattle herds, and the concern of some over property damage. Fact is to avoid possible property damage would constitute elimination of a species which is not acceptable. This is a situation which could be handled in a reasonable manner for all concerned without the game playing and pitting segments of the population against each other for personal or political gain.
Although personally not a big fan of Ted Turner, I would have to take a look at this man when it comes to Bison Control. Mr Turner has quite a large herd of Bison, yet very little if anything is ever heard about possible problems with his herd where disease or control are issues. My recommendation and something I WOULD DO as Governor of Montana is closely look into what Mr Turner does in order to keep his bison herd contained without problems and in keeping disease from spreading then copy his efforts on the state level. It only makes sense to do so and is a simple way to get a handle on things. Sometimes it is better to follow another persons lead in things. After all that is how franchises function. Someone has a line of products in which certain standards are set as for production, distribution and pricing. A person buys a franchise to run in the same manner because they have been proved to work. There is no difference here. To not look into this possibility where bison management is concerned is nothing short of STUPID, and divisive for the sake of playing games. If Mr Turners methods work and we follow them it settles the issue for everyone on both sides of the argument. We have helped in continued existence and growth of a species, and controlled the spread of disease as well, protecting our cattle herds and the beef industry.