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Opponents of bison transfer seek restraining order to stop animals bound for Mont. reservation
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ' A Montana attorney says he has filed for a temporary restraining order to halt the planned transfer of 64 Yellowstone National Park bison onto the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Helena attorney Cory Swanson said he filed the request Monday afternoon with Judge John McKeon in Montana's 17th Judicial District.
Swanson represents landowners and property rights groups that filed a January lawsuit seeking to block the shipments. He says the state's effort to move the animals without public notice following years of controversy amounted to a "sneak attack" against critics.
Details of the shipment were kept quiet until it was under way. Gov. Brian Schweitzer says an agreement to move the animals was signed Friday and there was no attempt to keep the relocation under wraps.