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   From the editor: We sincerely hope you find value in the news and conversations happening on a monthly basis from around the buffalo-world. If you know someone that wishes to be in the loop, feel free to direct them to www.allaboutbison.com for a free subscription to the Buffalo Drum. The Buffalo Drum is a non-profit newsletter for the purpose of awareness and knowledge for the benefit of customers, constituents and frie​nds of Frasier Bison LLC. 
   
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NOVEMEBER 2016



 


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The northern plains nomads came each fall to the Missouri River Villages. In the beginning of June, there arrive at the great fort on the bank of the river of the Mandan
 
La Verendrye in 1739 said:  “They bring dressed skins trimmed and ornamented with plumage and porcupine quills, painted in various colors, also white buffalo skins, and the Mandan give them in exchange grain and beans of which they have an ample supply”  (fall of 1738)

Here is a map, if you'd like to see the location of the context.
http://www.ndstudies.org/resources/IndianStudies/threeaffiliated/images/village-map_large.jpg
 

 
CHANGING THINGS UP A BIT. NEWS WILL BE SORTED BY:

STATE, COUNTRIES, LEGISLATION, DVM & BUSINESS, ARCHAEOLOGY,  ECOLOGICAL
,  MISC., FOOD & RECIPES , YELLOWSTONE AND ASSOCIATIONS   (as the news comes in)
WYOMING
 
Durham Ranch helps elevate niche market for bison meat
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Chefs in Austin, Texas, are selling bison and bacon bars. Elon Musk's brother is serving grass-fed bison tar tare in Colorado. Patagonia, the global ...
http://durhambisonranch.com/
 
Wild bison return to Wind River Reservation after 131-year absence
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Three centuries ago, more than 30 million bison wandered North America, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. White settlers hunted the ...
 
Elk and Bison Pasture Update Given at City Council Meeting
Sheridan Media (press release)
At Monday evening's Sheridan City Council, the City's Operations Superintendent Mathers Heuck, gave a staff update on the Elk and Bison Pasture.
 
The Roundup, Nov. 9
Casper Journal
Last Tuesday, ten bison moved about the western Wyoming prairie beneath the ... “There can't be anything more American than our public lands,” ...
 
Council encourages citizens to place educated votes
The Sheridan Press (subscription)
The elk and bison pasture at Kendrick Park will remain, but discussion of housing single-sex animals rather than the total removal of the elk altogether ...
 
Refuge management plan a done deal
Jackson Hole News&Guide
Federal wildlife officials have signed off on a plan that sets a 15-year vision for all aspects of management of the National Elk Refuge — save for bison ...
 
The scene inside Jeny Originals, now moved to a new location at 406 Grand Ave. in Laramie.
Wyoming Business Report
Gras-fed Bison meat from Pine Bluffs filled a fridge between a closetful of possum-fur garments from New Zealand and rack of towels made from cotton ...
 
Cheyenne Itinerary: All Aboard The Legend!
Leisure Group Travel
After you've enjoyed the sights in town, head south nine miles to the Terry Bison Ranch for a train ride into the middle of the bison herd that calls the ...
MINNESOTA
 
The voice of Pearl River County since 1904
Picayune Item
At the Red Gate Bison Ranch, people can learn about the national mammal and tour the ranch. The family-owned and operated business raises ...
 
For Local Man, Arrival of Bison in Mankato Has Deeper Meaning
KEYC
“Whenever it was time to go hunting, the bison knew, and they decided who was going to be sacrificed that day. So that relationship ran pretty deep.”.
 
Bison range road closed Thanksgiving, Christmas
Mankato Free Press
The remainder of the park remains open, and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the hiking trails that provide views of the bison range and a ...

For Local Man, Arrival of Bison in Mankato Has Deeper Meaning
KEYC
Glenn Wasicunna teaches the Dakota language at Minnesota State ... The DNR says the last wild bisonspotted in Minnesota was in Norman County ...
SOUTH DAKOTA
 
More livestock found dead in Morton and Sioux County, ND
Farm and Ranch Guide
One case involves four butchered bison. The other case involves two cows that were killed and then burned. The animals belong to two different ...
 
American bison designated as US's national mammal
Bismarck Tribune
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The American bison has been designated the National Mammal of the U.S. during a ceremony at Wind Cave National Park ...
 
USDA reports critical of Spearfish sanctuary, says animals underfed and lacked vet care
Rapid City Journal
Before deputies could respond to the scene, Boomer had mauled the director and attacked a horned heifer and an American bison, leaving the two ...
 
Group developing regional buffalo tour
New England Extra
The 10 stops on the tour include three in Hettinger, one in Reva (South Dakota), one in Bison (SouthDakota), two in Lemmon (South Dakota), one in ...
 
Bison celebrated at Wind Cave, Nov. 1
Rapid City Journal
“The bison played, and continues to play, a critical role in our country's history and culture. The animals we received 103 years ago from the Bronx Zoo ...
 
Dakota Access pipeline: Reservation ranchers struggle to keep buffalo alive amid protests
Washington Times
Beverly and Ernie Fischer, shown with granddaughter Jalia, have lost more than a dozen bison as a result of the Dakota Access pipeline protests.
 
Pool: Black Hills Heartland Magical Mystery Tour
Longview News-Journal
What we commonly know as buffalo is really a species of bison. Early European explorers were familiar with Asian water buffaloes and that's what they ...
 
111716-spt-outdoorbriefs
Rapid City Journal
The Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction is back and will be taking place Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Custer's visitors center, according to a ...

Ranchers speak out about butcherd, missing bison
KFYR-TV
Ernie Fischer and his wife own hundreds of bison and say several have gone missing or turned up dead, and Fischer says he thinks the protesters are ...
ALASKA 
 
Roof raised on Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center's new educational hall
Sewardcity News
... have not had much room to hunker out of a howling wind or explore the habitat and history of wood bison. ... “We have raised the roof on Bison Hall.
 
KOILE: Bison a clean, lean protein
Alaska Highway News
judah Images of bison can be found painted on the cave walls of our Palaeolithic ancestors. They are also documented in historical books of Christian, ...

Harvest Time: Celebrating Native American Heritage and Traditional Foods in FDPIR
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
November, Native American Heritage Month, is an especially fitting time to celebrate the addition to FDPIR of bison, blue cornmeal, wild rice, and wild ...
www.ieaegan.com

Just Plains Funny
OKLAHOMA
 
You can help preserve Oklahoma Bison and honor their role in maintaining Oklahoma's native ...
kfor.com
“Oklahomans recently showed us just how interested they are in a new bison license plate,” said Mike Fuhr, State Director for The Nature Conservancy ...
 
Conservation Group Taking Orders for New Bison License Plate
Public Radio Tulsa
"This design features a silhouette of a bison, along with kind of a red sunset background, and then 'Pioneers of the Prairie' as the tagline, which is ...
 
John Klein: Tallgrass Prairie Preserve ranch hands love life on the range
Salina Journal (subscription)
Grant Johnson and Erica Engrstrom work to herd bison through a chute during the fall bison roundup at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Nov. 3, 2016.
 
Bison herd given spotlight at annual Tallgrass roundup
Pawhuska Journal Capital
It's been a big year for bison. That was the consensus earlier this month during the annual Bison Roundup at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Located on ...
 
Wildlife is among featured elements in show
NewsOK.com
Combining them nicely is Kaspari's pastel-graphite of blue tree swallows, flitting past a massive bison, hunkered down, in front of tall grass.
COLORADO
 
One year later: Bison herd gains hoof-hold and boosts conservation nationwide
Colorado State News
The seed herd of 10 American bison released one year ago on northern Colorado public lands has expanded to 16 healthy animals, and the project ...
 
Researching the bison's return to the prairie
Source
Bison, once native to the area, had been absent for over a century. That changed when the Laramie Foothills Conservation herd was released onto a ...

Video: Colorado Buffaloes mascot perfects the Mannequin Challenge
Campus Sports
The Mannequin Challenge continues to be an internet sensation, and now it's welcomed the animal kingdom. This week, the Colorado University ...
ILLINOIS
 
Celebrate National Bison Day on Nov. 5 in Wilmington
The Herald-News
The bison herd is important to the work at Midewin, where the U.S. Forest Service is working with volunteers, non-profit groups and federal partners to ...

Geneva Green Market returns Saturday
Chicago Daily Herald
... Heritage Prairie Farm with seasonal vegetables, meats and greens; Lester's Bison Farm with a variety of bison, elk, pork, lamb and chicken cuts, ...
 
Elgin's Lords Park Zoo gets a third bison
Chicago Tribune
Friends of Lords Park Zoo member Terry Gabel and Elgin land management crew leader Gary Bender talk about the young bison who came to the ...

Friendship garden closes season with Thanksgiving celebration
Chicago Tribune
... bison tongue and rabbit is cooked as part of traditional Native American ... The garden honors Native American Heritage month with an educational ...

 
IOWA
 
Bison raised in Iowa given Wyoming home
Mason City Globe Gazette
Boys climb a fence to get a better look at ten wild bison before they are released Thursday on the Wind River Indian Reservation near Morton, Wyo.
INDIANA
 
Out in the Open: Bison Return to the Indiana prairie
The Hendricks County Flyer
Photo by Don Cranfill BISON ARE BACK: The Nature Conservancy has just released a herd of 23 pure-bred bison into a 1600-acre restored prairie in ...
 
Bison return to the Indiana prairie
Lebanon Reporter
That is something you might experience in South Dakota, but for Indiana, a bison-caused traffic tie-up probably hasn't happened since Andrew ...
 
Indiana bison elusive but the search is worth the drive
Kankakee Daily Journal
The new herd of 23 bison at Kankakee Sands, north of Morocco, Ind., were hard to find last week in their 1,100 acres of restored prairie, but that didn't ...
 
Ornaments
Lincoln Journal Star
 
2007 -- Lee Lawrie sculpted life-sized bison in relief on the main north entrance walls, and bison heads in relief on the Indiana limestone fireplace in the governor's reception room. Smaller bronze bison heads decorate the chandeliers in the Capitol's foyer. 
TEXAS
 
State Parks Day
KFDX
Keith Gauthier/Lake Arrowhead Park Superintendent: "We have folks here from Caprock Canyons to talk to you about the official Texas bison herd.
 
Palo Duro, the Texas panhandle's Grand Canyon hidden in plain sight
The Denver Post
PALO DURO CANYON STATE PARK, TEXAS — Hiking in canyon country, you ... These survivors' descendants make up the Texas state bison herd in ...
 
Veterans Day events set for Friday around Waco Today in Texas, Tim Frasier was asked to speak at Bill Johnson Veterans (Bison Ranch) Celebration. Read about what Bill does at his yearly event. Activities will include a hayride, live music and fishing, and guests can enjoy the view of buffalo, horses, longhorn cattle and wildlife.

Nature-friendly places to go in DFW beginning Nov. 19
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Thanksgiving week activities include bison-feeding hayrides at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The rides are $15 per person, free for ...
 
INDIANA
 
Bison return to the Indiana prairie
Lebanon Reporter
Photo by Don Cranfill The Nature Conservancy has just released a herd of 23 pure-bred bison into a 1600-acre restored prairie in Newton County.
 
Bohacek helps museum receive bison
The Herald Argus
The commissioner donated the bison to the museum to have on display. ... He also knew the museum could not afford to get the decorated bison on ...
 
Anchor helps restore bison to Newton County
Chicago Tribune
User Upload Caption: Ted Anchor, 44, is working to restore the bison population at The Nature Conservancy's 8,300-acre Kankakee Sands project ...
 
Bison Headed to Griffin Bike Park
MyWabashValley
A bison at a bike park doesn't sound like a good or safe combination. ... A 200-pound fiberglass bison will be placed at the Griffin Bike Park in ...

Duke Energy Foundation to donate Indiana Bicentennial Commission bison to Griffin Bike Park
Terre Haute Tribune Star
The bison, or American buffalo as it is often called, is prominently displayed on Indiana's state seal. The sun rising on the seal shows that Indiana has ...
UTAH
 
Fire-scorched ground on Antelope Island yielding new vegetation
KSL.com
At the time, park managers worried the bison, antelope and mule deer that graze those lands would not have enough food heading into winter.

Auction culls herd, ensures balance on Antelope island
Davisclipper
ANTELOPE ISLAND—It took less than a minute for a 1,000-pound, 2-year-old bison to be sold to the highest bidder. All told, 298 bison went up for ...
MONTANA
 
State doesn't dig damage prairie dogs causing at historic buffalo jump
Great Falls Tribune
The dogs are burrowing under the bison drive lines and burying others with their excavation work, said Rick Thompson of Montana State Parks, the ...
 
Crow tribal members bring complaints to Billings protest
KTVQ Billings News
At the protest on Thursday, former Crow Tribal Chairman Cedric Black ... of a prehistoric bison killing grounds within the boundaries of the coal mine.
 
Conservationist brings lessons from the past
Great Falls Tribune
As he walked across the expansive landscape, he took care to step over the bison carcasses left behind by the hunters who came before him and ...
 
LETTER: Transfer of bison range opposed
Daily Inter Lake
So, it was amazing to see the Montana Conservation Voters, a leftist ... about “tribal self-determination” and ignores the real history of the Bison Range.
 
Horns of hope: Buffalo and Blackfeet students share life-sustaining lesson
The Missoulian
... dress and skin a bison and learn traditional uses for all parts of the animal. .... Blackfeet from the south – now Montana – and those from the north ...
 
Man admits illegal bison killing, illegal eagle possession
Billings Gazette
A Pryor man on Monday admitted federal charges that he illegally shot, butchered and took the meat of a bison in 2014 and illegally possessed a bald ...
 
Bighorn sheep no longer residents of ZooMontana
Billings Gazette
The bighorn sheep have moved out to make way for a new bison exhibit ... habitat at ZooMontana as the zoo makes way for a future bison display.
 
Natural world shouldn't be seen as a commodity
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
I read in today's Chronicle about a hunter who wanted to kill a bison bull. He was lying down when spotted by the hunting group. The animal helped ...
 
A Historical Photo Tour of Montana
Paste Magazine
Madison Buffalo Jump is one of the places where American Indians would stampede bison over a steep cliff; other Indians would be waiting to kill the ...
 
Nature Notes: Bison returning to Native Americans
Elko Daily Free Press
In April, 89 genetically pure bison traveled by train from Canada's Elk Island National Park, to Montana's Blackfeet Reservation. This herd is certified to ...

Horns of hope: Buffalo and Blackfeet students share life-sustaining lesson
Montana Standard
Dehlyn Franks, left, wraps himself in a hide just skinned from a yearling bison while D'artagion Elthie holds the tail at the Buffalo Calf Winter Ranch on ...
NORTH DAKOTA
 
Bravo to couple for museum donation
* Bravo to Gail and Tom Barthel of Becker, Minn., who are donating Samantha, a complete historic American bison skeleton, to the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown. Samantha was unearthed on the Barthels’ farm, Snake River Farm, in Sherburne County, Minn. Tom Barthel assembled the skeleton, believed to be an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 years old, at the National Buffalo Museum on Oct. 29.

 
Farmers, ranchers deal with unrest in ND protest
Tri-State Livestock News
Several dead cows, plus two dead horses and seven dead bison have been discovered in several different locations around the Dakota Access ...
 
National Buffalo Museum feeling sad.

Nov 15th  National Buffalo Museum Announces Passing of Rare Albino Bison White Cloud

Jamestown, ND – November 15, 2016 – With deep sadness, the National Buffalo Museum announces the passing of White Cloud, the rare albino buffalo who lived with the museum's herd for almost two decades. White Cloud died peacefully of old age on Monday, November 14, 2016.

White Cloud was born on the Shirek Buffalo Ranch near Michigan, North Dakota, in 1996 and came to live with the herd at the National Buffalo Museum in 1997. She gave birth to 11 calves during her time in Jamestown, including Dakota Miracle, a rare white bull. She returned home to the Shirek Buffalo Ranch in May of 2016.

White Cloud was beloved by local residents and attracted an estimated 3 million visitors to Jamestown. White bison are exceedingly rare and are considered sacred to indigenous peoples of North America.

“To me, White Cloud was more than a tourist attraction. She drew many, many people to the community, but more than that, she brought the community together with White Cloud Days, parades, and special Native American events. She will be missed by the Museum, our city, and by all the travelers that could look to the North and view her as they drove along the I-94 interstate pasture” said Don Williams, President of the National Buffalo Museum’s board.

There will not be a formal memorial service for White Cloud, but the museum encourages those who wish to share their memories, stories and photos on social media using #WhiteCloud.

Plans are being made to bring White Cloud back to the museum as a full body mount display. With your support, she will be preserved for future generations. Please send donations to the White Cloud Preservation and Memorial Fund, c/o National Buffalo Museum, 500 17th St. SE, Jamestown, ND, 58401.

 

Letter: Most North Dakotans cherish, value Native culture
INFORUM
In Jamestown, the world's largest bison statue, "Dakota Thunder," is a popular tourist attraction. The use of native imagery and culture is a proud part of ...
Southern Plains Pointers: November 2016

Fast Times Where the Buffalo Roam  


  Everything is happening all at once and my advice is to: get ready – get set – & SLOW DOWN.  In the southern plains we tend to work herds later in the year than in the north, mostly because our weather cooperates and the calves tend to be heavier and more able to leave their mother seamlessly.  Our cool season grasses and other forages also tend to kick into gear about now, so working to early may interrupt some late breeding. Personally I consider a late bred cow half full, rather than half empty even though the young ‘off-season’ calves slow down herd works considerably. Today’s market pretty much dictates that we give every cow, every chance - to reproduce. 

  My attempt at levity by saying ready/set – slow down, is meant to convey the utility of taking your responsibility of setting up a bison work for success very seriously. Ideally you have notes from previous herd works to reflect on and solve reoccurring failures, and if not, you should have mental notes to serve that purpose. Mental notes are never as good as documentation, which I strongly suggest. When you actually document failures, you might be surprised what you see and what you can improve at very low cost when given the time to consider solutions deeply. It is always good to fully analyze herd works after the fact. Be hard on yourself [never blame the buffalo] and it will pay off.
    
  The market this year has begun and it’s aggressive. The response to bison products is great, and the excitement from new producers is high.  Personally I am concerned when prices paid, do not calculate with sustainable outcomes, but It’s hard to cuss it when you’re selling, and when prices of the past have been less than sustainable. In my opinion, greed is the only wrong choice. By that I mean; animal health and quality property sold to the buyer, should be affordable to include and expected in bison offerings today. I also feel that while the sun shines, and hay making is good, we should seek out opportunities to become part of positive things for the entire industry, albeit niche or cottage. You are part of something special if you raise American bison – so celebration by doing all you can for the big picture and you just might be helping yourself just as much as others that make up the industry …    

Frasier Bison L.L.C.
NEW YORK

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - What better way to celebrate the symbol of the City of Buffalo, then with a national day of celebration. In honor of National Bison Day, the Buffalo Zoo hosted bison-themed activities for families to enjoy on Saturday, November 5. 
Fort Peck Tribe makes historic transfer of genetically pure bison to Bronx Zoo
KTVQ Billings News
The zoo accepted eight bison from the tribe as part of the long-standing ... from the tribe on Saturday and began the trek to New York City in a trailer.
NORTH CAROLINA
 
Wood bison roam once again
Mount Airy News
A herd of wood bison move across Beulah Bison Farm for the first time ... species once native to Surry County, on Beulah Bison Farm in Mount Airy.



 
CALIFORNIA
 
Catalina Island Conservancy Receives Donation from Las Caballeras
Catalina Island News
“We especially appreciate the Las Caballeras for their financial support for the Island's iconic bison population. With their help, we have been able to ...
 
Action for Wildlife: Oakland Zoo Donates $104000 to Conservation Organizations Worldwide
Benzinga
The three recipients of the funds this past year are The California Wolf ... Initiative for bison, and Oakland Zoo's Biodiversity Program for amphibians.
KANSAS

 
Children's book about a baby bison, ecological science free to educators
Kansas State University
Baby bison book: Kansas State University's environmental educator writes, gives away 'The Autumn Calf' children's book. Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.
 
Proposals OKed to push zoo renovations forward
Great Bend Tribune
The next steps in the grizzly bear habitat renovation and bison reintroduction at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo were taken when the Great Bend City ...

Auction keeps herd managable
McPherson Sentinel
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge hosts a public bison auction once a year, working with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to thin the herd ...
NEBRASKA
 
Heather Henson and IBEX Puppetry highlight Twilight on the Tallgrass
Lincoln Journal Star
The bison pounded and protected below. ... 300 folks, many first-time visitors to the prairie, enjoying activities like “Build-a-Bison,” “Do the ROT Thing” ...

UNMC's agricultural safety/health grant renewed for $6.9 million
KTIC
The health and safety of native and non-native bison herd workers is the focus of one UNMC agriculture center research project. At least seven ...
MISSOURI

Raising bison on the 'Back Forty'
Farm Talk
Keith and Tammy Ashton and Becky and John Roller raise bison near Missouri's Stockton Lake. They originally were interested in bison for the ...
 
Andy Ostmeyer: Get your winter fix with upcoming events
Joplin Globe
Each month, there's a guided bison hike at Prairie State Park near Liberal. ... Binoculars will be useful in looking at bison as well as other wildlife.

 
IDAHO
 
Hunters stock up food banks across Idaho
Priest River Times
PRIEST RIVER — Idaho hunters who have meat to give away have a ... reindeer, caribou, elk, moose, antelope, and bison, and gets it to those food ...

12 Months of Pristine Landscapes in Idaho and Wyoming
Resource Magazine
Couple that with the exceptional landscapes that surrounds him in Idaho, ... And Packer delivers with his mesmerizing views of Idaho and Wyoming. ... a bunch of bison and flipped around to snap a few photos of this bison in front of ...
PENNSYLVANIA

Winter opening reception at View
Madison County Courier
This exhibition will include American Bison/Prairie House, a life-sized Bison sculpture, featured in this past year's Philadelphia Flower Show. Wildlife ...

 
KENTUCKY
 
   
Bluegrass & Backroads: Get a better look at history with a visit to the Kentucky Bison Company
User-generated content (press release) (registration)
Watch this beautiful story on Woodland Farm and the Kentucky Bison ... Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not ...
Canada
 
Environmental impact assessment reveals negative effects of reintroduction to be negligible
The Crag and Canyon
Aerial view of the Panther River Valley in Banff National Park, where a herd of bison will be translocated to from Elk Island National Park in 2017 as ...
 
Bison EIA out for review
Rocky Mountain Outlook
An environmental assessment on Parks Canada's $6.4 million plan to reintroduce bison into a remote area of Banff National Park is now out for public ...


MD councillors have beef with Parks' bison project
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Municipal District of Bighorn councillors urged utmost caution in regard to Parks Canada's proposal to reintroduce plains bison to Banff National Park.

 
Better together: Kramer and Ritchie Bros. to conduct multiple auctions in Saskatchewan before end ...
The Province
The Kramer family is hard at work preparing for two upcoming real estate auctions and their season opener bison auction. Meanwhile, the Ritchie ...
 
Future looking bright for bison producers in Saskatchewan
CTV News
There's a high demand for bison meat these days – and producers are happy to be getting a piece of the action. Les Kroeger took a gamble investing ...
 
Cooper: Bringing bison into Banff National Park is a silly and expensive experiment
Calgary Herald
Banff's culture was shaped by the CPR, a romantic understanding of mountain landscapes, hot springs marketed as “healing waters,” the ...

Alberta's gender-bending 'Buffalo Boy' sells bison painting to British Museum
CBC.ca
The work features bison — an animal hunted to near-extinction across the North American plains in the late 19th century — roaming freely on a snowy ...
Australia
 
Grow stubble, fix bison trouble
Geelong Advertiser
As the annual Movember campaign kicks off, the team at Werribee Open Range Zoo hopes its Beards for Bison initiative can piggyback off that.
EUROPE
 
Past climate changes, population dynamics and the origin of Bison in Europe
BMC Blogs Network (blog)
During the last 50,000 years in Europe, Bison have experienced population expansion, contraction and extinction as a result of environmental and ...
 
Humans aren't the only animals to embrace democracy
NewsOK.com
European bison sometimes 'vote' on which direction to go. ... orienting their bodies, as reported by Jason Goldman in Scientific American magazine.
 
PaleoLIThic Art
The Blue & Gold
Animal Categorization in the manner of Yin and Yang—Bison representing strength and Horses representing speed. Religious Markers: The caves ...
 
Postcard from the ancient forest where bisons and tsars once roamed
The Sydney Morning Herald
It is so untouched and precious that you can only enter the protected parts with an official tracker and you won't want to stray far from him. Wild boars in ...
 
Hazen's Sebastian helps save European bison
Bismarck Tribune
This white bison, one of 30 similarly toned bulls raised on the Sebastian operation near Hazen, is not an albino; it's the result of breeding selection ...
Tribal
 
National Bison Day marks America's new national mammal
The Capital Journal
National Bison Day marks America's new national mammal ... “We are working to get buffalo meat back in our diet, distributing it to tribal members and ...
 
Powerful images star in Native American arts exhibit
Wahpeton Daily News
In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month, the Red Door Art ... Miller pointed out an interesting piece in the exhibit, an American bison skull ...
 
Two new Field Museum exhibitions channel the enduring history of Native American art to forge a ...
Medill Reports: Chicago
A massive, majestic bison dominates two new exhibits in the Field Museum's Hall of Native North Americans. The bison, a familiar icon in the hall, ...
 
Wild bison return to Wind River Reservation after 131-year absence
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Three centuries ago, more than 30 million bison wandered North America, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. White settlers hunted the ...
                   Where the Buffalo Roam: Herd Treads Again on Tribal Land ABC News "I'm happy for the Shoshones to get their bison back here," Oldman said in an interview this week. Asked whether his tribe plans to pursue the release ...


Number 8 and What it Means to Be a Man
The Good Men Project
He's looking straight at the camera, the only bison doing so. He's always in the middle somewhere. He's rarely at the edge and hardly ever in the front.

All things folk and tribal
Business Standard
"Tribal art's very function is to narrate. It does ... Other sculptures include the Madiya dancers of Bastar with their bison head gear and a choreographic ...
 
Questions of cuisine and culture surround Coppola's Werowocomoco
San Francisco Chronicle
The other question Werowocomoco is tackling: What should Native American cuisine be? Does a bison burger represent Native American food, or is it ...
 
The illuminating life of a native-American spiritual leader
Washington Post
... for the whole of the Indian experience in North America: the nomadic days of hunting bison on the plains; fighting with Crazy Horse (his cousin) and ...
 
A Navajo Chef Gives A Glimpse Inside The Makeshift Kitchens At Standing Rock
ideastream
When Navajo chef Brian Yazzie showed up to volunteer at the camp kitchen, he found lots of bison donated by a local tribe. Yazzie (in the foreground ...
 
Coppola Responds To Backlash Over 'American Native' Restaurant Opening In Sonoma This ...
SFist
... by my experiences as well as my own ideas of appealing dishes for our visitors, including items such as fry bread with bison meat and bison ribs.
 
Politics podcast: Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline and debating ST3, on The Overcast
The Seattle Times
Later, the bison showed up. “Suddenly, out of nowhere, comes literally the thundering herd of buffalo. And they come racing across the Great Plains in ...
 
Crow tribal members bring complaints to Billings protest
KTVQ Billings News
At the protest on Thursday, former Crow Tribal Chairman Cedric Black ... of a prehistoric bison killing grounds within the boundaries of the coal mine.
 
The Sioux Chef's Vision for Reviving Traditional Foods Among His People
Gospel Herald
Dishes such as bison with chokeberry, cedar tea, and rabbit bone broth will grace the upcoming menu of Sherman's restaurant, The Sioux Chef an ...
 
Bison Range transfer proposal not adequate
Daily Inter Lake
In late August, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes released the second draft of the National Bison Range Transfer and Restoration Act of ...
 
Horns of hope: Buffalo and Blackfeet students share life-sustaining lesson
The Missoulian
... dress and skin a bison and learn traditional uses for all parts of the animal. .... Blackfeet from the south – now Montana – and those from the north ...
 
Harvest Time: Celebrating Native American Heritage and Traditional Foods in FDPIR
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
In collaboration with the FDPIR community, USDA's Agricultural Marketing ... In late 2015, bison and blue cornmeal became the first traditional foods ...
 
Harvest Time: Celebrating Native American Heritage and Traditional Foods in FDPIR
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
November, Native American Heritage Month, is an especially fitting time to celebrate the addition to FDPIR of bison, blue cornmeal, wild rice, and wild ...
 
Fort Peck Tribe makes historic transfer of genetically pure bison to Bronx Zoo
KTVQ Billings News
The zoo accepted eight bison from the tribe as part of the long-standing ... from the tribe on Saturday and began the trek to New York City in a trailer.


The 'welcoming back of a nation'
Source
1, 2015, the first bison to walk upon the short-grass prairie of Northern Colorado in decades returned to Soapstone Prairie. For local Native Americans, ...
 
Thanksgiving, Oceti Sakowin Style: Shailene Woodley, Jane Fonda and 500 Water Protectors
Indian Country Today Media Network
In addition to serving, Fonda has donated seven butchered bison to the dinner, as well as four Mongolian yurts, according to the Dakota Dispatch.

 
Legislation

National Bison Day marks America's new national mammal
The Capital Journal
Buffalo now are the first official American mammal, so deemed by Congress in legislation passed late last year, sponsored by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.
 
Zinke Talks Issues, Leadership Record
Glasgow Courier
Zinke spoke on issues ranging from successes in the 114th Congress, “free-roaming” bison, healthcare and mental health resources, as well as ...
 
Bison Have Been Bringing Americans Together for Centuries
Huffington Post
The leaders and supporters of that legislation, called the National Bison Legacy Act, came from all parts of the country and a wide range of political ...
 
Nature Notes: Bison returning to Native Americans
Elko Daily Free Press
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation co-manage the National Bison Range in western Montana, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In June, the tribes released draft legislation hoping to transfer the National Bison Range from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Secretary of the Interior. The land would then be held in trust for the tribe and they would manage the 400 bison on the range.
 
DVM & Business
 
Canadian Meat Industry Welcomes Signature Of The CETA
PerishableNews (press release) (registration)
OTTAWA, Ontario - Canada's meat packing and processing industry ... of Canadian bison meat; unlimited duty-free exports of Canadian horsemeat; ...
 
Wyoming state veterinarian, Dr. Jim Logan, consulted in tribe's acquirement of bison
Tri-State Livestock News
Recent articles in local publications may have given the perception that these bison were released to run in the wild on the Wind River Indian ...
 
News about vaccinations and bison acquisition from the Wyoming Livestock Board
Pinebluffspost
The Shoshone tribe, in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), imported a small group ...
 
Brucellosis concerns worry some Montana ranchers
KTVH
(HELENA) For years the battle to keep Montana's brucellosis-free status has centered on bison migrating in and out of Yellowstone National Park, but ...
 
Revised DSA testing requirements to go into effect January 1
Tri-State Livestock News
Effective Jan. 1, new Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) testing requirements will apply to all sexually intact female cattle and bison 12 months of ...
 
Ground meat demand keeps bison prices strong
Western Producer (subscription)
The Canadian dollar value relative to the American greenback doesn't hurt either, bison producers were told Oct. 22 at the Peace Region conference ...
 
Local farm undergoing controlled depopulation
Huron Daily Tribune
Animals subject to testing include cattle and bison at least a year old, non-natural additions to the farm, and goats that commingle with the cattle or ...


Bison handling code seeks public comment
Western Producer (subscription)
The draft code of practice for the care and handling of bison has been released for public comment and will be open for input until Jan. 19. | File photo.
 
Agribition wraps up after another successful year
Regina Leader-Post
The arena hosted plenty of livestock sales throughout the week including the first-ever video bison sale on Tuesday which saw a bison bull being sold ...

 
Archaeological  
 
Highest bison jump in North America topic of Cody talk
Billings Gazette
The highest elevation bison jump known to exist in North America — located at 11,000 feet — is near the Dinwoody Glacier in Wyoming's Wind River ...
 
Ancient cave paintings solve the 'Higgs bison' mystery
The Australian Financial Review
A bison painting in Spain dated to 11,000BC. For years, researchers who studied cave paintings noted two distinct types of bison etched onto cave ...
 
For a Glimpse of the Stone Age, Some Cutting-Edge Tech
I-Connect007
Some 10,500 years ago, hunters gathered each year near the Beaver River in what is now western Oklahoma. There, they funneled bison into narrow, ...
 
Ogema Odyssey
Planet S
Over the last two summers, the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society has been doing a field dig at a bison processing site at Ogema, about 100 ...

NASA's laser remote-sensing Lidar technology used to uncover History
Clarksville Online
There, they funneled bison into narrow, dead-end arroyos — steep gullies cut into the hillside by the river — where they killed them en masse, sliced ...
Ecological 

For Prairie Conservation, Bison Serve as Tools
KBIA
"The main reason we have our bison are to be used as a tool to manage the prairie … And create the structure, the openness and differences of height ...
 
Magpie: The chatterbox of the bird world
Bonners Ferry Herald
Magpies formerly followed American bison herds (from which they gleaned ticks and other insects), as well as bands of Plains Indians that hunted the ...

Where cattle roams, egrets sure to follow
Kankakee Daily Journal
"A quick Google search already reveals that cattle egrets are adapting to bison just fine elsewhere," Pearson wrote. "After all, how hard can it be to ride ...

 
MISC.
 
National Bison Day marks America's new national mammal
The Capital Journal
And this week is a time for emphasizing the new status of buffalo, or bison. (The official name for the Plains bison, in fact, sounds like a cheer from fans ...


American bison designated as US's national mammal
Wichita Eagle
The American bison has been designated the national mammal of the U.S. ... and support to conserving and reviving bison herds across the country.
 
Modern Coins: A Lifetime of Change to Our Change
CoinWeek (blog)
The reverses of the 2005 nickels portray the American bison and the rocky shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. The latter of the two 2005 nickels celebrates ...
 
Get Your Beards Ready for National Bison Day
Indian Country Today Media Network
National Bison Day is November 5, tribes, bison producers, zoos, and educators commemorate the day by hosting events celebrating bison in their ...
 
Restless Reader
NWAOnline
He adds that the red wolf, elk and American bison ought to be there, but aren't. He addresses the probable extinction of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker ...
 
National Bison Day and Instagram Photo Contest Winners
Catalina Island News
National Bison Day is an annual commemoration of the ecological, cultural, historical and economic contribution of the American Bison to the United ...
 
Cause Celeb: 'True Blood' actress Kristin Bauer van Straten gets choked up about the American ...
Washington Post
Cause: Celebrating the American bison, a once-endangered species that is now ... the Native Americans she had met with over the past two days in Washington. ... Sound bite: “I found the story of the bison to be incredibly compelling ...
 
Firearms contribute to wildlife loss
Sacramento Bee
We know that the American passenger pigeon was wiped out by firearms, that the American bison, which used to number in the millions, was reduced ...
Food and Recipes 
 
First look: Feed Co. Burgers opens at 24th and Union
CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
The classic Feed Co. burger will run you $5 but the fancy ones range up to around $10 with the super fancy bison burger weighing in at $15.
 
Get your big game on: 7 metro Atlanta restaurants that serve bison
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Ted's Montana Grill: The founder of CNN and longtime Atlanta resident put bison on the map when he started featuring it on the menu at his ...

Yeah! Burger finds new home in Green Hills
The Tennessean
Patty options include a grass-fed beef burger, organic bison burger, turkey burger, organic chicken breast, veggie burger and gluten-free vegan burger ...
 
Hunting for your dinner: Experts offer tips for cooking wild game
Kenoshanews (subscription)
Other non-hunters who want a taste of the exotic might want to try bison and cook it at home. The flavor of farm-raised bison, observes Cottrell, is fairly ...
 
Mix the wild side of the menu with some greens
INFORUM
In fact, wild game such as venison (deer meat) is slightly higher in protein than some cuts of beef, pork and bison. Bison, venison, elk, moose and ...
 
Riverside Inn celebrates hunting season with local game dinner
Traverse City Record Eagle
Bison carpaccio — a dish of thinly sliced raw meat typically served as an appetizer — will provide the meal's second course. The bison from Local ...
 
Mix the wild side of the menu with some greens
Farm Forum
In fact, wild game such as venison (deer meat) is slightly higher in protein than some cuts of beef, pork and bison. Bison, venison, elk, moose and ...
 
Want to cook bison short ribs? A local chef shows us how
CBC.ca
As one of the food presenters at the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival this weekend in Edmonton, Waddell will be serving up is a bison short rib ...
 
Chef digs deep into Lakota lore to build new restaurant's cuisine
Columbus Dispatch
Sherman's menus have featured such dishes as maple- and cedar-stewed bison with native corn and hominy; seared smoked walleye with black bean ...
 
Q&A with The Resort at Paws Up chef Ben Jones
The Missoulian
Bison tenderloin with cherry demi-glace and crab-stuffed rainbow trout are just two of the main course choices. Of course there will be plenty of turkey, ...
 
Protein Power: A Must-Have Food Trend In Vending, Micro Markets
VendingMarketWatch (blog)
At the OneShow this year I recall several different companies offering meat snacks such as organic bison meat bars and gourmet beef jerky with exotic ...
 
Go wild for wild game
Manitoba Co-operator
Bison, venison, elk, moose and antelope also are lower in fat than some cuts of beef, pork and lamb, according to the USDA composition data. ... In earlier times, bison on the range provided food, clothing and shelter for indigenous ...
 
Get a taste of bison burgers, wild boar and more at Glendale's newest butcher shop
QNS.com
Get a taste of bison burgers, wild boar and more at Glendale's newest ... such as duck, wild boar, New York State Guinea Hen, bison and venison.
 
Minneapolis chef Brian Yazzie is cooking for protesters at Standing Rock
City Pages
He managed to make a blue hominy and bison soup using tribal-donated bison meat, as well as a vegan soup with three beans and ramps, and a side ...
 
Harvest Time: Celebrating Native American Heritage and Traditional Foods in FDPIR
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
More than half a million pounds of frozen, lean ground bison meat have reached program participants throughout the country, with an additional one ...
 
Get a taste of bison burgers, wild boar and more at Glendale's newest butcher shop
QNS.com
A new butcher shop in Glendale is striving to be a cut above the rest. ... such as duck, wild boar, New York State Guinea Hen, bison and venison.


New look, new staff for White Bison restaurant in Vail Village
Vail Daily News
The new menu at White Bison, set to reopen in December, includes French-style bison tartare, with quail egg, crispy mushroom chips, fresh watercress ...
 
NUTRITION: What is red meat, and should I avoid it?
Duluth News Tribune
Four-legged land animals provide us with meats such as beef, pork, lamb, venison and bison. Culinary guidelines classify some birds such as duck ...


A Dozen Dishes, A Delightful Meal at FlintCreek Cattle Co.
The SunBreak
Chef Eric Donnelly's focus is on leaner meats, so lamb, bison, and venison dominate the dishes. Inspired by the free-range cattle and cattlemen ...
 
Plenty of eateries offer Thanksgiving meals
Forsyth County News Online
What: On Thanksgiving only, Ted's Montana Grill will offer a special roast turkey feast, starting with soup, salad or bison chili. The meal will also feature ...
 
Seen on Scene: At the Relay for Life's Chili Cook Off
Bouldercityreview
Hunter Terry/BoulderCity Review Dustin Cowley,a survivor of childhood leukemia, was among the fans of the first-place winning bison chili Saturday at ...
 
New Television Show Featuring Local Food And Newtown's Chef Plum
The Newtown Bee
Edible Nutmeg on the Road will feature where local food comes from, and how it is nurtured. From oysters, bison, and microgreens to beer, bread, and ...
 
Atlanta restaurants owned by celebrities
WTOC
Some of the appetizers include their famous homemade chips, bison chili, and smoked trout dip. And if you're not much of a bison connoisseur, you ...

Where to get tasty meatballs in Iowa City area
Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa Chop House serves up a tasty variation on a traditional meatball recipe with its bison version.Bison is lighter and less fatty than beef, and Iowa ...
Yellowstone
 
How to do autumn in Yellowstone
Post-Bulletin
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Bison surrounded our minivan. ... This herd of dozens of bison was walking on the two-lane highway, which like ...
 
Visitors still crowd Yellowstone as autumn beckons with new sights
Columbus Dispatch
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Bison surrounded our minivan. Big ones and little ones. Some weighing about a ton, strolling 3 feet outside my ...
 
'Color me cautious' in Yellowstone
Great Falls Tribune
The hapless tourists in “Yellowstone National Park: A Cautionary Coloring Book” are gored by bison, zapped by lightning, poisoned by water hemlock, ...
 
Ms. Knapic's fourth grade Yellowstone expedition
Kemmerer Gazette
The Lamar Buffalo Ranch holds a special place in Yellowstone history because it saved the last 23 bison and allowed the herd to expand to over ...
 
Report: Man died seeking place to soak in Yellowstone park
San Antonio Express-News (subscription)
Two tourists at Yellowstone National Park picked up a baby bison and put it in .... Just days after thebison calf incident, three members of High on Life ...


'Buffalo should be hunted that way'
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Aimee Johnson traveled 10 miles into the backcountry north of Yellowstone to find this bull bison. From Left: Jeremiah Johnson, Aimee Johnson, ...
 
Resting bison
Cody Enterprise
A bison rests along the roadway near Lower Geyser Basin on the last day before the roads closed the winter season in Yellowstone National Park ...

This Week in PLOS
GenomeWeb
The plains bison populations living in Yellowstone National Park appear to stem from two main groups, according to another PLOS One paper, one ...

 
Agri-Trade Show
Red Deer, AB

     

For the fifth year, the Bison Producers of Alberta had their Bison Booth at the largest Agricultural Trade Show in the province.  The dates this year were Wednesday, November 9 through to Saturday, November 12th - all of which came with warm temperatures and no snow.   

     It is estimated over 10,000 people walk through the buildings at the Westerner Exhibition Grounds at this Trade Show, and at least 1,000 of them stopped at the BPA Booth - over that many names were entered for the draw prize of a beautiful gift basket donated by Big Bend Bison Market.  
     The primary purpose of our participation in this Trade Show is to reach more of the rural population, encouraging them to raise bison and increase supply.  It was validating to have six very serious people over the four days stop by for lengthy talks about getting into the bison industry, taking away with them the Bison Producer's Handbook and placing their names on our e-mail list to obtain future updates.   
     The secondary purpose is to connect with the consumer who is looking 'where to buy' bison meat, and how to best cook our lean product.   Cooking Booklets on just that, and numerous recipe cards were eagerly picked up by the family chefs.  
         
     Bison producer Yvonne Mills of YR Bison Ranch helped to mann the booth on Wednesday, enthusiastically discussing both bison production and bison meat with all those that stopped by.   Yvonne and her husband Rob began their bison ranch with no previous livestock experience, growing their operation to now include a small store on their place and selling their government inspected bison meat directly to the consumer.

     On Thursday, BPA Director Steven Lunty (with Canadian Rangeland Bison) joined Linda at the Bison Booth, offering attendees a knowledgeable perspective into finishing aspects of production and marketing ideas.   The heritage item RCMP Buffalo Coat on display garnered a great deal of attention - and of course Steven had to model it for us!  (He discovered how heavy it is, but said no doubt would be warm in a blizzard.)
     It was Linda, and her bison enthusiast friend Judy, that met with the crowds for Friday and Saturday -  agreeing the long four days had once again provided a positive awareness for the industry.

 


  
       
   


     

AMERICAN BISON SOCIETY 
 
This Week in Tribal History
Char-Koosta News
... from The Plainsman: Part of W. H. Conrad bison herd, from Kalispell, has been moved to the National Bison Range by the American Bison Society.
 National Bison Association 
 
National Bison Day Fun Facts
KULR-TV
According to the National Bison Association, Saturday is national bison day! In May, President Obama officially made the American bison the United ...



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