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LEWISTON, Idaho -- The Nez Perce Tribe is investigating after the discovery of a bison carcass apparently dumped and wasted in a canyon in northern Idaho near the town of Stites.

Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chairman Silas Whitman tells the Lewiston Tribune that the tribe wants to determine if a tribal member is responsible.

He says the wasting of the bison tramples on the beliefs and values of the Nez Perce Tribe as well as other tribes.

The tribe has bison hunting rights in Montana near Yellowstone National Park. The tribal bison hunting season started Nov. 8 and runs through March 18.

The tribe's Conservation Enforcement Division is leading the investigation.

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