An attorney for the state of Montana says a possible settlement is being discussed with Park County officials who are suing to block the migration of wild bison out of Yellowstone National Park. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks legal chief Robert Lane said Wednesday the talks have focused on whether the state can manage the animals in a way that protects public safety. Lane says the animals would not be excluded from the 75,000-acre Gardiner Basin.

The county's lawsuit alleges residents were put at risk when hundreds of bison were allowed into the basin north of Yellowstone last winter. In prior years, the state had killed or herded back into the park most bison that entered the basin.

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