Posted: May 13, 2013 2:33 PM by Jamie Leary
BOZEMAN - Ted Turner will keep bison offspring on his land after a judge ruled against a coalition of wildlife advocates.
Four wildlife advocacy groups filed a lawsuit to overturn an agreement Turner made with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The agreement transferred bison to Turner's private ranch near Bozeman to be taken care of for five years. In exchange, Turner gets 75% of their offspring.
The wildlife groups argued that it was not in the public's best interest to privatize the bison.
Judge Holly Brown dismissed the suit in Gallatin County District Court, stating, "There are no simple, easily-applied answers to the issues involved in the management, protection and conservation of the bison located in the Greater Yellowstone Area. In this case,however, the court must conclude that Petitioners have failed to establish that the Department's actions were legally incorrect or insufficient."