The Henry Mountains of central Utah are the key feature on two million acres of remote land managed by the USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Mt Ellen is the tallest of the Henry’s five peaks at 11,600 feet. Two major grazing allotments are located in the high elevation summer range of the Henry Mountains. Livestock operators share winter grazing on adjacent ranges that are exclusively winter use allotments.
Bison were introduced into the area in the mid-1940s. Recently, the bison herd has increased to more than 400 head, and is now competing with livestock for summer range forage. This has created the potential for con. ict between cattle ranchers on one hand and sportsmen on the other who consider the Henry Mountains prime bison hunting country. In recent years, each bison permit that has been issued by the State of Utah has had 100 applicants.