The next Bison release set for June west of Morton

Image by Eastern Shoshone Tribe.

UPDATE: Due to adverse weather conditions on the Ft.Peck Reservation, the bison release has been postponed and will be rescheduled, perhaps in June. We’ll update the release information when it becomes available.

Original story:

The National Wildlife Federation and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe invite you to the Wind River Bison release on Monday, May 6 at 10 am.

The release of the five buffalo to the Eastern Shoshone Tribal herd is part of a government-to-government relationship with Montana’s Fort Peck Tribes to share in genetically pure Yellowstone buffalo.

We recently had to postpone the release due to the harsh weather conditions limiting access to the buffalo at the enclosure operated by Montana’s Fort Peck Tribes. We have now confirmed the buffalo will be transported to our enclosure and arrive on May 6.

These animals have completed the quarantine process and are certified disease free. The agreement signifies the mutual importance of buffalo to our tribal communities to improve our efforts in cultural and ecological restoration.

The Eastern Shoshone Buffalo Enclosure is on U.S. Highway 26, between mile markers 108 and 109 south of Pilot Butte Reservoir, west of Morton.

From Lander, drive north on Highway 287, turn right towards Ethete on Highway 132, go through the stop light and continue for 11 miles and turn left on Highway 26. Travel approximately 4 miles. The enclosure is just past Morton on the left, south of Pilot Butte Reservoir between mile marker 108 and 109. This drive should take you roughly 30-45 minutes.