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Threshold Episode 06: Territory Folks Should All Be Pals

Part of the American Prairie Reserve near Malta, Montana.
Amy Martin
Part of the American Prairie Reserve near Malta, Montana.

Visit the American Prairie Reserve, a conservation project in the heart of Montana that could eventually be home to 10,000 bison. The vision is to stitch together 3.5 million acres of public and private lands to form the largest wildlife park in the lower 48. But some nearby ranchers feel the push to build the APR is pushing them off their land, and they're mounting a resistance. We also try to solve the Great Elk Mystery: why are elk that have been exposed to brucellosis allowed to roam free in Montana, while bison are not?

Each season, Threshold podcast explores one story from the natural world, and what it says about us. Season one focuses on the American bison. Dig into the history of the American bison, from their arrival in North America, to current controversies surrounding their management today. 

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Tune in on Montana Public Radio Sundays at 6:00 p.m. to hear the broadcast of Threshold Season 1.

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