‘Failing and struggling’: How financial decisions hobbled the National Bison Range

From: The Missoulian

“A 10-month investigation by the Missoulian charted a years-long funding crunch at this group of National Wildlife Refuges, one that began when the Fish and Wildlife Service kept $624,076 intended for the Bison Range Complex at its Denver Regional Office. Fish and Wildlife Service financial records indicate the Bison Range Complex’s annual budget dropped from as much as $2.7 million from 2012 to 2014, to as little as $1.2 million in the years since.

By May 2017, Bison Range manager Jeff King was warning his superiors that “we are (past) the muscle and bone and in to the marrow on our ability to even manage our highest priorities, and even those things are suffering.””

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