A Montana District Court judge says he will hold a hearing on October 26 and 27 to listen to arguments on two legal cases related to where bison are allowed to roam in the Gardiner area. Judge Wayne Phillips set the hearing dates during a Tuesday telephone scheduling conference with attorneys involved with the issue. Two previously separate cases have been rolled into a single suit. Several other groups, such as conservation associations and a livestock producers’ organization who have interests in the outcome, will be allowed to join the legal action as interveners. Arguments at the hearing will focus on the question of whether or not the state should be permanently prohibited from allowing bison to range freely in the Gardiner area.