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Bison hunt plan revived in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Six months after canceling a planned bison hunt because of concerns about bad publicity, Montana's wildlife commission has approved a revised hunt of bison that leave Yellowstone National Park.

The hunt, beginning this fall, will allow the killing of at least 50 bison over a three-month period in southern Montana, a spokesman for the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks said yesterday.

In January, the state Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission canceled an abbreviated hunt -- which would have been the state's first for bison in more than a decade -- after Governor Brian Schweitzer said he feared damage to the state's reputation.

Tom Palmer, a department spokesman, said the commission gave tentative approval Thursday to selling 25 bison licenses for use between Nov. 15 and Jan. 15, 2006, and another 25 licenses for use from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15. The proposal would expand the hunting area to 158,000 acres.

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