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Bison roundup postponed because of fire danger

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The National Bison Range in Moiese.  (MTN News photo) The National Bison Range in Moiese. (MTN News photo)

MOIESE - Incoming rain and colder weather might change the plans, but for now the annual fall roundup at the National Bison Range is on hold.

Traditionally, wranglers and wildlife managers gather every year in late September or early October for the roundup on the range near Moiese. It's a chance for checking and treating some of the animals, counting calves and thinning the herd as needed. 

But this year the dry weather hasn't made it a typical summer on the Bison Range, with fire danger a constant concern. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will postpone this year's bison roundup, which had been set for early October. The agency says the persistent fire smoke, and concern about dry conditions and extreme fire danger means it's safer to postpone the roundup, at least for now.

There's no immediate word on whether the operation will be rescheduled.

Anywhere from 350 to 500 bison are kept on the National Bison Range. 

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