State approves more bison for Book Cliffs

State approves more bison for Book Cliffs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State wildlife officials have decided to move about 40 bison from Utah's Henry Mountains to the Book Cliffs.

The Utah Wildlife Board approved the transfer Thursday in an effort to lessen the pressure in the Henry Mountains, where the number of bison is larger than state objectives.

The other option under consideration was increasing the number of hunting permits in the area.

With Thursday's approval, state biologists will begin preparing to move bison to the Book Cliffs in January.

A newly formed herd there currently numbers fewer than 50. Eventually state officials would like to have that herd reach 450.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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