BILLINGS, mont – The Bureau of Land Management has bought 3,000 acres of the former Devil's Canyon Ranch to complete the public acquisition of the scenic property in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains.
The ranch was subject to a bitter dispute in the 1990s when its former owners closed a road through the property, cutting off access to 20,000 acres of federal lands near the Montana border.
The BLM on Thursday paid $2 million dollars for the final piece of the ranch near the Montana border. It was sold by the Trust for Public Land, which bought the 11,000-acre property in 2003 to put into public ownership.
The BLM says the land will be managed as part of the Craig Thomas Little Mountain Special Management Area.