HELENA, Mont. -

 The House has rejected a bison management plan that would have increased the number of hunting licenses for bison and prohibited the future relocation of the animals.
    
The bill directly targeted any bison movement from Yellowstone National Park and aimed to downsize Yellowstone herds by increasing hunting around the park.
    
Republican Sen. John Brenden of Scobey warned the House's rejection of Senate Bill 143 will likely cause eastern landowners to lock up their lands.
    
Landowners say that despite Montana's brucellosis-free status, bison coming out of Yellowstone have the potential to spread the disease to cattle.
    
But critics say the bill was introduced in retaliation to the state's relocation of about 60 Yellowstone bison to the Fort Peck Reservation last year.
    
The measure failed Wednesday in a tie vote.