Turner Enterprises has submitted an application to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to house a herd of quarantined bison on a portion of Ted Turner's 113,000-acre Flying D Ranch south of Bozeman.

Russ Miller with Turner Enterprises would not provided details of the application, other than to say the application was submitted on Aug. 10, which was the deadline for submitting proposals to take the roughly four dozen bison now housed at Corwin Springs.

The animals were captured as they migrated out of the park in the winter of 2005 and 2006 and tested for brucellosis, a disease that causes animals to miscarry. Those that tested negative were kept in a quarantine facility and bred. Biologists are now confident that the herd does not pose a threat of spreading brucellosis to cattle and hope to use it and subsequent herds to return bison to the western landscape.

But bison could be slaughtered if no home is found.

Turner Enterprises manages the business interests, land holdings and investments of Ted Turner, including the oversight of two million acres in 12 states and Argentina. The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., and a private landowner in Fargo, N.D., also submitted applications to take the bison.

Turner has more than 50,000 head of bison and owns the Ted's Montana Grill restaurant chain, which features bison meat on its menu. But the quarantined bison must be managed as a wild animal and cannot be use for commercial gain.

The first round of applications for bison came last fall, and the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming was picked to take the herd. But the tribe later backed out, forcing FWP to find a new taker.

During the 2009 Legislative Session, Sen. John Brenden, R-Scobey, sponsored a bill to ban the quarantined bison from being moved anywhere in Montana. The rancher contended there was no way to ensure bison are not carrying brucellosis. The bill passed the Senate but died in the House.

Daniel Person can be reached at dperson@dailychronicle.com or 582-2665.