1872—In an effort to protect the herds, the territorial legislature establishes an annual bison-hunting season, running from February to mid-August.
1874—The U.S. Congress passes HR921, which prohibited the "useless slaughter" of bison within U.S. territories. President Grant refuses to sign the bill.
1894—The National Park Protective Act imposes penalties for poaching in national parks.
1895–1901—Montana counties appoint game wardens to enforce hunting laws.
1909—More than 18,000 acres on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana are designated The National Bison Range.
From the newspapers
- Montana Legislature (February 21st), Bozeman Avant Courier, February 27, 1879, p. 3
- Allard’s Famous Herd of Buffalos Snapped by Standard’s Camera, Anaconda Standard, November 26, 1899, p. 28
- To Preserve Bison, Yellowstone Monitor, April 2, 1908, p. 1
- American Bison Society Publishes Annual Report, Daily Missoulian, June 27, 1909, p. 9
- All But the Outlaws of Great Buffalo Herd Moved From Flathead to Make Room for the Settler, Daily Missoulian, July 4, 1909, p. 13
- The Buffalo is Coming Back, Fergus County Democrat, September 2, 1913, p. 2
- The Buffalo Comes Back, Great Falls Daily Tribune, August 15, 1919, p. 6
- Back Trailing on the Old Frontiers, Great Falls Tribune, August 6, 1922, p. 3
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Written by Catherine W. Ockey