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The Chatham Record, NC. Dec 4 1890
Salt Licks.
      Such names as those of Licking River, Big Licks, and the like, in some of the Central States, mark what more curious phenomena to the first settlers of the country west of the Alleghanies. They were places to which the larger game, such as deer and bison, used to resort for a supply of salt. This springs at these points were briny, and the soil about them became like a cake of salt. This the animals used to lick, just as our domestic cattle will lick the ground were salt has been sprinkled. It was from this circumstance that so many places in Ohio and Kentucky got the name of “licks.”
      These were favorite hunting places with the Indians and the white settlers. The habits of the animals and their time in visiting the licks were well-known. To lie in wait for herds of deer or bison on their way to the springs was an easy way of securing game. The wholesale slaughter soon frightened those that escaped so that they abandon the springs and the region as well.
It is said that the bison tracks lead direct to these salt springs from a distance of 150 to 200 miles. They were followed year after year, by generation after generation of the bison, until they were worn so deep and plain as to be traced long after the country was settled.
      The practice of the animals was to drink of the salt waters, to bathe in them, to lick the soil and impregnated with salt and to roll in the mud. It was a medical treatment for disease to which these animals were subject in the fresh pastures of prairie and marsh. After some days of salting the bison returned in good health and spirits, well covered over with a coat of drying, cracking mud.
The “licks” had been the resort of animals from a time earlier than that of deer and bison. In the mud and mire of the springs have been found the remains of mammoth animals belonging to an earlier age of the world than ours. The Big Bone Lick took its name from the gigantic bones found buried in its mud.
 


Bison hunt starts slowly in northwest Wyoming
Hunting is allowed in the National Elk Refuge and the Bridger-Teton National Forest to protect forage for elk wintering on the refuge and to keep bison ...

Fall hours coming to National Bison Range
Visitors should also note that Red Sleep Mountain Drive will close for about a week sometime between Oct. 1 and Oct. 9 so that staff to move the bison ...

Deadline extended for comments on CSKT management of National Bison Range
The debate over who manages the National Bison Range has moved out of the courtroom and back to the negotiating table. Read more ...

More time to comment on National Bison Range management plans
... more time to comment on a proposed change that would give more of the management responsibility for the National Bison Range to tribal interests.


The dead bison in Sofia Zoo to undergo autopsy: veterinary surgeon
Sofia. At the moment the bison that was found dead this morning in the Sofia Zoo is undergoing autopsy. That is what Dr. Nikolai Skenderski, ...

Water Meters Save Resources & Bison Survey
Water Meters Save Resources & Bison Survey plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report. California has a major water ...
Executive Director of the National Bison Association, Dave Carter says that they are pleased that USDA has approved a comprehensive study for the bison industry. Carter says that USDA is now seeking guidance on where to focus their assistance- in potential topics such as herd health issues, rangeland management and markets, among other things.  NASS will be sending out questionnaires to producers soon to get their input as to where to focus the USDA assistance.

Urbandale and Johnston News
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge's annual Bison Day on Sept. 27 will celebrate the history of the bison and our country's Native American heritage.




SEE: History Colorado museum decks bison sculpture in Broncos orange ahead of opener
DENVER — The History Colorado museum geared up for Sunday's Broncos regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts by decking the ...
At the Waters' Edge
       Earth is the water planet. Sometimes we lose sight of that out here on the dry plains. The average ranching mindset considers a stock tank or pond simply as a drinking station for livestock. For me, it can be so much more.

       I'm a fan of the beaver. This little ecological engineering keystone species works tirelessly to construct habitat for itself that directly benefits everyone else in the ecosystem. Before they were trapped and slaughtered en masse, 90 million or so of these guys dammed waterways and spread water out over the landscape where lush vegetation and fertile soil accumulated to create an amazing and dynamic landscape.

      Wetlands are the kidneys of the land. They clean up the environment and provide so many ecosystem services, we couldn't put a monetary value on it. Additionally, they provide recreational opportunities, pest control and valuable resources. We can protect natural wetlands on our land but we can also 'be the beaver' and use our technology to benefit the whole landscape by designing and constructing strategic water conveyance infrastructure that builds a regenerative agriculture which is a win win win economically, ecologically and socially. 

Ben Tyler, 
Facts about bison
More than 30 million bison once roamed wild in North America. But by the mid-1800s, bison had been hunted nearly to extinction. Zoos and ...

Museum of the American Bison moving to Crazy Horse
A downtown Rapid City museum that did not attract the crowds it had hoped for is moving its bison-related collection to the Crazy Horse Memorial as a 



Return of bash boosts bison industry, tourism
The revival of a local event to celebrate buffalo and educate producers and the public about the bison industry was a success, organizers say.



Bison Day on Sept. 27 at Neal Smith NWR
In addition, at 1:30 p.m., Iowa State University bison researcher Peter Eyheralde will present some of the interesting things he has learned about the ...

 
 
Dunes seeks input on plans for elk, bison management Mountain Mail Newspaper
 
The National Park Service is seeking public input on its plans for future management of elk and bison within Great Sand Dunes National Park and ...
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Bison Trophy Supporters Stumble in FOIA Action
WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. government need not provide unredacted documents as to why it barred the importation of Canadian bison carcasses, ...
  Tribal And Food Sovereignty Are The Subjects Of Two Conferences Next Week In Okmulgee
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Two buffalos have been donated from the Inter-tribal Bison Cooperative, one from South Dakota and one from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation, ...
                

Bison bring family and business together
Bison became a part of the Meyer family's life when they were given two of them to raise in the fall of 1987. At the time the family didn't have any ...


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Signature Species of the Western Plains
I've spent a better part of the past eight days sitting on a South Dakota prairie staring at bison. Although viewing opportunities have varied, there have ...

Southern Plains Pointers: Sept 2014

       Busy-busy-busy! Fall in the southern plains is the best and most productive time to be busy in preparation for the cool-season, which is our strongest growing season in the south.  Whether you apply conventional agriculture methods or forward regenerative practices, getting some land care and habitat enhancement boxes checked will be to your advantage. Personally I like as much diversity in my food plot and pasture system as possible. Each year I plan strategic additions to a pragmatic end for soil structure health, bison-forage and wildlife benefit.  It’s always an experiment and always beneficial to my system, which includes the economics of it.  

      In my travels, I encounter occasional fear of failing when it comes to land care because of the diversity in perspectives and methodologies available, each of which are correct according to someone. The average bison-rancher is, at their core, at least interested in ‘wild-things’ and natural systems. This sometimes comes with an automatic rejection of agricultural technologies applied to habitat care and enhancement, while others are cemented in traditional agriculture methods. With the exception of destroying established natural systems, the only way to fail is doing nothing. It’s about feeding bison, which [can] be about regenerative land care.  Personally, I prefer the method in which each dollar spent results in an accumulative value and productivity with decreased inputs, after which I benefit from bison forage = bison production = economic sustainability.  

 
  Busy-September & October
Happy November !
 
     Other pro-active fall activities should include developing a strategic plan for weaning/ or not weaning and marketing the production of the herd. Fall is the time to plan, so that as the year evolves and winter sets in, you are on schedule [ish] depending what cards Mom-Nature deals.  Decisions should be made based on the carrying capacity of the land, feed costs and availability, and market cycle. If you don’t like the market and have feed, you can wait and let them grow. If you like the current market, you can get it all over with for the year. The key is feed! Green or otherwise, feed is your most strategic asset and should be on your mind in the fall. Personally I am never [not] thinking about feed – just like my buffalo.  
Tim Frasier,   
LIVE WELL: Buffalo coming to lunches at Perkins-Tryon
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma along with the guidance and generous donations of the Intertribal Buffalo Council will introduce the students of the ...



Registration underway for annual Antelope Island Bison Roundup
 
Horseback riders move bison from the southern tip of Antelope Island to the handling facility located at the parks northern end at the 27th annual Bison ...






Bison Chili with Honey Cornbread
Now that it is football season, I like to make a big pot of soup or chili and leave it for the guys on Sundays while I go to the beach. Make a garnish bar ...



The Wild West Comes Alive at South Dakota's Annual Buffalo Roundup
Yep ponder the Wild West comes alive again the last weekend of September as a hundred cowpokes try to corral 1500 wild bison in South Dakota's ...

100th Anniversary of American Bison being reintroduced into Custer State Park
Visitor Services Coordinator Craig Pugsley says the hotter weather usually makes the bison run slower because they tire easily but it helps to draw ...


Molly Goodnight Day
Guests will enjoy fun family activities, sample a bison burger for lunch (while supplies last), and get your photo taken with WT's own Thunder XI.




Bison Music Festival Hosts First-Ever Street Dance for Buffalo Herd Restoration
A large bull bison walks across a newly-restored prairie grassland as part of a release program to make the Texas State Bison Herd more viewable by ...

Volunteers will help prep for bison reintroduction
A volunteer opportunity on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 20, will help prepare Soapstone Prairie Natural Area for the reintroduction of ...



Bison at the dunes: Seen and herd?
MOSCA — Officials at the Great Sand Dunes National Park have opened a study that will determine whether bison become a permanent part of the ...

Bison Re-emerge in Europe, BestForeignExchange.com Offers Best Exchange Rates for Travellers ...
Considered as Europe's largest mammals, the European bison have returned from near extinction and can be witnessed in Romanian Woods.



Save the bison, eat a bison burger
Bison are once again hovering on the edge of threatened species status. Ranchers play an important role in ensuring the species' survival. Thanks to ...





Bison born at Cape May County Zoo
The newborn bison calf is flanked by his mother, Henrietta, and Snap' (his sister) on the right. photo by zookeeper Kim Simpkins CAPE MAY COURT ...

Bison roundup at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
During roundup week, small groups of bison will be cut from the main herd of more than 400 animals located in an adjoining pasture and pushed ...

Bison being reintroduced to Minneopa State Park by fall 2015
Bison will once again roam the prairie at Minneopa State Park near Mankato starting next year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural ...

 
 


COOKING ON DEADLINE: Recipe for buttered black pepper bison steaks
It also had to be fast and flavourful, which is why I opted for bison steaks. ... Bison steaks should not be cooked beyond this point or they will become ...

          




Montana Bison in Exhibit at National Zoo
In 1886, William Temple Hornaday, then chief taxidermist for the Smithsonian, traveled to Montana, concerned that the American bison was on the ...
Wild Game Is Invading Bay Area Menus, But Why?
But isn't this scenario just one small step away from ordering roasted venison at La Folie or, for that matter, wild-boar paella at Venga Paella, a bison ...

 “Pheasant and Bison Served Here.”


Kite festival planned for buffalo jump
By Tribune Staff 4:15 p.m. MDT September 12, 2014. -072909-

BuffaloJu_D.jpg_20090730.jpg. A bison on display at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump ...

Wyoming refuge plan has overpasses for wildlife
"The Comprehensive Conservation Plan will not address bison and elk management on the refuge, but it will address all other aspects of management 

 
 


Public gets behind-scenes look at at Person Co. buffalo farm
The Herald-Sun | Lauren Horsch A tour group sits and waits for the tour of Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm to begin. The bison farm was one of 14 farms in ...

YELLOWSTONE


BC-ID--Idaho Enterprise Digest,ADVISORY, ID
Here are the Idaho enterprise and outdoors stories for this week. The bureau can ... Its 4,860 bison are prized for their pure genetics. However, many ...

The buffalo roam ... anywhere they want to at Yellowstone
Despite warnings that bison can run 40 miles an hour, jump fairly high, and should be given a wide berth, people maneuver to get a better look.

 
Petition challenges Yellowstone bison slaughters
Wildlife advocates have filed a legal petition to stop the capture and mass slaughter of wild bison leaving Yellowstone National Park during their winter ...

Montana FWP sets date for October bison meeting
As the state of Montana continues to work towards a long term bison plan, the working group that has been put together to help form what that could ...

Yellowstone To Kill 900 Bison During Winter Cull
Sept 16 (Reuters) - Yellowstone National Park plans to reduce its bison population this winter by as many as 900 head, or a fifth of the herd, by killing .
 
Scientists eyeing Yellowstone bison quarantine
A decision is expected in mid-2015 on a proposal to capture and quarantine wild bison from Yellowstone National Park so disease-free animals can ...

Activists To Speak On Saving Wild Buffalo
Around 30-60 million bison (often referred to as buffalo) once thundered through the Great Plains of North America. Today only 4,900 unfenced, wild ...
 



Kids can draw a bison
Bison, the native animals characterized by their long, shaggy brown coats, once roamed all across North America. The animals were nearly driven to ...

New explorations of a classic Paleo-Indian bison kill
CRAWFORD — The Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center’s staff invites the public to join the celebration of Nebraska Archaeology Month, Sept. 17 and 20, at 5 p.m. This week’s special event will feature an indoor multi-media program on the Hudson-Meng Bison Kill. Presented by USDA Forest Service rangers Dennis Kuhnel and Kathleen Hanson, the program will focus on the current research conducted at Hudson-Meng, along with past research findings.

Visitors should meet at the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center, then get a behind-the-scenes look at the site while learning about recent excavations and new findings.

 

Admission is free to the public.Accessible parking is available by the Hudson-Meng Education and Research facility.For more information, call 308-665-3900.



Thanks to $25000 Legacy grant, 40 acres of wetlands being restored on the Tamarac Refuge
The buffalo are no longer roaming in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, a small herd of 15 to 20 bison that escaped from a neighboring farm last ...

BUFFALO ALL GONE

Elmwood Park Zoo Announces Unique Opportunity to Hand-Feed Bison Starting This September
Further information, such as daily feeding times for the bison exhibit, can be seen on the website as it becomes available. One of the fun things to do in ...



Farm Tour 2014 celebrates Cattaraugus County's agricultural diversity
At the tour's next stop in Hinsdale, Maple Ridge Bison Ranch owner Jeff ... Besides the bison, Mr. Goodyear said he taps 1,000 maple trees a year, ...





Beautiful and bountiful Black Hills of South Dakota
Plunging over the side of a high hillside are 13 larger-than-life bronze castings of bison (tatanka) chased by Lakota warriors on horseback. The bison ...

SENATE PASSES NATIONAL BISON DAY RESOLUTION
Bison currently appear on two state flags, (including, of course Wyoming), the seal of the Department of the Interior, U.S. currency, and have been ...





Blind bison 'Helen Keller' arrived at new home today
Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary announced that Helen Keller, a 14-year old blind bison reported as needing a new residence last month, was successfully ...

 
 


Repatriating a prehistoric bison skull
Woolf wrote: “The bison was reported as articulated when found but much of the skeleton had been scavenged or discarded by the gravel pit workers.



These 3 unique features make the 2015 Subaru Outback rugged like a Bison
There's a saying here in Colorado which is Bison country, “Bison have an even disposition, they are aways mad.” If you've ever spent any time around ...

Last month we reported that someone borrowed a Watusi to with cross with his Bison Cows and the bull was on the loose...the rest of the story 

 
 
 
Farmer: Missing Bull Flipped Over Fence By Buffalo
Kevin Minor loaned out his 400-pound Watusi bull, “Lucky,” hoping it would mate with a friend's buffalo near Mercer, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Live out your cowboy fantasies amongst Saskatchewan's wild bison
When the first Europeans travelled to the Canadian west, they encountered million of bison, which were soon hunted to near-extinction by the end of 

Minnesota Buffalo Billfold Co. 'trailblazer' in bison leather specialty industry
The Buffalo Billfold Co. at Worthington, Minn., goes through 2,000 to 3,000 buffalo hides in a year, making products for 150 stores and 20 trade and art ...

               
Fall at Land Between The Lakes
Golden Pond Visitor Center and Elk & Bison Prairie. Celebrate the wonders and history of Elk & Bison Prairie at the Golden Pond Visitors Center with ...

 


Bison are the backbone of Lin Enger's new novel
"I have always been fascinated, if not a little obsessed, by bison," says Lin Enger, who grew up on Lake Osakis near Alexandria and teaches at ...

Riverhead Restaurant Review: Tweed's Restaurant & Buffalo Bar
Naturally, we began our culinary adventure with Bison Kebobs, served with Tweed's own homemade BBQ sauce. Owner Edwin Tuccio's bison farm ...

Bison rides offered Saturdays at Mountsberg
Brave visitors are invited to join in this experience and take a wagon ride into the bison enclosure. From the safety of the wagon, visitors can view the ...
Mountsberg is just south of Ottawa, Ca.

Bison kill sites give glimpse at new partnership
The Vore Buffalo Jump is a 500-year-old bison kill site, located outside of Sundance, Wyoming. Both sites are being actively excavated by ...
 





The sound of baby bison hooves cheers Howletts
The European bison or wisent was once widespread throughout Europe and parts of Northern Asia, but by 1900 hunting for skins, horns and sport had ...

Tribes From US, Canada Sign Bison Treaty
 
Native tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed.

'His life is our life': Tribal elders want buffalo back in the ecosystem
But buffalo are not just a figment of the imagination. Inside a large white teepee rising from a grassy hill nearby Ervin Carlson, president of the ...




Wood Bison, North America's Largest Animal, to Be Reintroduced Into Alaska
Wood bison, the largest animal in the Americas, once roamed throughout present-day Alaska and western Canada. But unregulated hunting in the ...




Grilled Bison Steak
Rub your favorite 6-ounce cut of bison steak with a combination of a little garlic salt, cooking oil and lemon pepper. Grill steaks 4 to 6 inches above ...


Bison welcomes rail travelers to Buffalo
A bison statue was dedicated Tuesday morning in front of the train station that ... Representatives of the Western New York Railway Historical Society, ...
Bison roam at Afton
Buffalo graze at Belwin Conservancy. The buffalo are owned by NorthStar Bison and they graze at the conservancy during the summer months.
                     



UPDATE ON HARVEY......MCF

Virus caused Cave Creek buffalo's sudden death
azcentral.com
 
The death of beloved Cave Creek buffalo Harvey Wallbanger Jr., which attracted the attention of an animal rights group, was caused by a virus.

Managing a herd: Bison could help restore Minnesota prairie
The herd of bison at Blue Mounds State Park grazes 533 acres of grassland in the southwestern park. This panoramic photo was created by stitching ...


 
Bison make draft for riders
Club president David Paull said the bison's docile nature made them ideal for training young riders. “They'll travel at a steady speed; they'll stop and ...
Why'd the bison pair, Peter & Priscilla, wander over to her mobile home on summer Sunday morns?
A call to the Bulletin Board Hot Line from Betty Boop of Rice Lake, Wis.: "Monday in the Bulletin Board, I was reading where one lady had written in that ...
Standard Wax and Bison Made Named Finalists in Martha Stewart's American Made Awards
The Martha Stewart American Made Awards recognize makers across the country who create innovative and beautiful products. And this year, a few of ...



Bison next to rainbow-like spring: See more incredible shots of animals in photography award ...
Two bison wander along the edge of America's largest natural hot spring in this colourful snap. The shot of the Yellowstone National Park is just one of ...


800-pound Bison Fossil Found
Experts believe the animal weighed as much as eight-hundred pounds. Right now archaeologists in Hungary are dating it back to the ice age.
Where the Buffalo Roam: Former Golf and Hunt Club in Winchester Transforms into Bison Ranch
Blackfish Bison Ranch in Winchester offers tours that allow visitors to get up close to the
operation's resident buffalo. Photo by Sarah Jane Sanders.

Blackfish Bison Ranch in Winchester, Ky
Bison help put the "Prairie” back in Prairie State
When bison return to Illinois this fall, they'll be part of a conservation ... Native bison will return to The Nature Conservancy's Nachusa Grasslands ...

Where the buffalo roam (once again)
Quick note on bison vs. buffalo: Both are acceptable terms for the layman – after all, the legendary showman wasn't dubbed Bison Bill. But the two ...





Butter and black pepper, a bison steak's best friends
Bison steaks, the widely available alternative to beef, is naturally lean and ... A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one.



 
 


Bison Grazing Increases Arthropod Diversity and Abundance in Tallgrass Prarie
American bison are big. They can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds and they eat a lot — so much in fact that they can change the ecosystems where ...


Local student's bison interest takes him to Capitol Hill
Nik Contreras saw a bison for the first time at age 5 or 6 while visiting a park in Lexington, Virginia, and became hooked. "I like the way they look — big ...


Ag appreciation tour to feature bison, colony, wind farm
This year's Ag Appreciation Tour, sponsored by the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Oct. 1, will cover new ground. After 28 ...

Bison flourishing in Westfield, Iowa, preserve
Volunteers will round up the bison using pickups and all-terrain vehicles on Tuesday. It's a rare opportunity to count and vaccinate the bison herd, ...

Broken Kettle Grasslands, Iowa



The other buffalo roundup
All the bison that are processed get a microchip implanted behind their ears, and many have the microchip from past roundups. The microchips help ...
                



Read More at the NBA

                        
Back From Near-Extinction, Bison Now Reigns As Cash Cow At Dinnertime
(From the Pueblo Chieftan)

Bison, an ancient protein source, continues its renaissance.

The ancestors of this bovid first lived in North America hundreds of thousands of years ago, and bison no doubt nourished humans when they arrived and figured out how to kill the huge, shaggy beasts.

Bison have suffered two near-extinctions but today thrive on ranches and rangeland across the U.S. and in Canada, and they're much more than historical relics. The National Bison Association estimates their number at 400,000, with most headed for the dinner plate. Retail sales of bison grew 25 percent between 2007 and 2013. Last year, about 60,000 animals were processed, and supermarket and restaurant sales totaled $275 million.

See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/life/2908574-120/bison-meat-cooking-says#sthash.LI0qkkLn.dpuf
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