Broad Public Support to Restore Wild Bison in Montana

Three polls of Montana voters, conducted in 2011, 2012 and 2014, demonstrate strong support for restoring wild, public bison in the state, especially on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR). Each of these polls was conducted by a different national polling corporation.*

National Wildlife Federation Poll, February, 2011:
       70% of respondents favored putting bison back on the CMR.
       75% supported hunting to manage these bison.

Wildlife Conservation Society/National Wildlife Federation Poll, June, 2012:
       69% of respondents supported restoring wild bison to the CMR.

Defenders of Wildlife Poll, December, 2015:
       76% of respondents supported bison restoration on public lands.

In response to the 2012 poll, Kit Fischer (National Wildlife Federation) said that restoring wild bison “would be the crowning achievement in Montana’s century-long commitment to wildlife conservation.”

For the Wildlife Conservation Society, Keith Aune noted: “Restoring bison is not only important conservation, it’s good for our economy.”

*Moore Information, Inc. 2011; Public Opinion Strategies Market Research 2012; Tulchin Research Polling & Consulting 2014.


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