(1) If a lessee/licensee has not grazed domestic sheep on the state tract at any time
during the previous 10 years, and if the lessee/licensee requests a change to
domestic sheep, then the department shall prepare a Montana Environmental
Protection Act (MEPA) document at the appropriate level of review to examine
the environmental impacts. In preparing the document, the department shall
consult with the department of fish, wildlife and parks and the lessee/licensee
and shall seek comments and interface as necessary with surrounding landowners
and any interested public groups to design appropriate measures under the law.
(2) The department may allow grazing of domestic sheep on state lands within or
adjacent to officially identified bighorn sheep ranges if bighorns are
separated by a protective geographic buffer or if other applicable mitigation
measures to minimize contact are negotiated and implemented.