Across the Nation: Attracting Rural Doctors and Bison Return
Picking the right students is key to the initiative’s success, says Janie Guice, program recruiter. “Basically I am looking for one of two personalities,” says Guice. “Either the maverick who is going to go to med school and go back home and fix what is wrong with the health care delivery system. Or the missionary, the student who says to me, ‘I thought about going to seminary but I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.’ To which I say, ‘Have I got a mission for you. It’s called Mississippi!’”
Hunters and conservationists are now calling for bison to be reintroduced to a wildlife refuge sprawling across rural Northeast Montana. Several groups are navigating a complex and contentious path to bring bison back to these plains.
Some farmers and ranchers disagree with their return. They fear that bison, particularly those from Yellowstone, might be mismanaged and damage private property. They also worry they would compete for grass with their own cattle herds.
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