The National Wildlife Federation


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As you may know, the 1.1 million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR) in north‐central Montana is a veritable wildlife mecca boasting healthy populations of elk, pronghorn, mule deer, and sharptail grouse.

In a recent Montana hunter survey, the CMR was found to be the most popular hunting area in the state. The CMR is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and surrounded by millions of acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Bison have been absent from the landscape for nearly a century. If bison were to be restored in sufficient numbers they would be managed similarly to other big game species.