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APRIL 2016

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Okay, maybe not the past this month, but in keeping with the news of our National Mammal.
Ingham's World: Why do we have an embarrassing national animal?
Millions of bison once grazed across North America from Alaska to Mexico and Oregon to New Jersey. But industrial-scale hunting while the West was ...


Celebrate bison with free guided bus tours at Minneopa State Park
To celebrate the arrival of bison to Minneopa State Park, free bus tours of the park's bison range will be offered three times each day on April 10, ...
Bison Are Back At Minneopa
There are 11 bison in the herd, and because they like to stay in their herd, ... Conservation herd, that's where they came from as well as the Minnesota Zoo." ... to call ahead to make sure that it's no bull that the bison drive is ready.
Art exhibit gives glimpse of Dakota history
Mankato Free Press
A new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota was unveiled Friday. The bison hide painting by artist Fern Cloud is meant to give ...
New manager takes helm at Minneopa
Mankato Free Press
Craig Beckman, the new manager at Minneopa State Park, installs some new signs outside the bison range. The range is expected to reopen for ...
Minnesota ranch may be home to rare 'white bison'
Bowron's lone "blonde" bison grazes in the field. The other 400 head in his herd are "brunettes." It is unclear if the blonde is a true white buffalo.
Minneopa Welcomes Bison Calf To Herd
Road construction will keep you off the bison trail in Minneopa State Park right now, but when the road re-opens, there will be a new addition to look at ...

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Reveals the 2016 Featured Artist and Artwork
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Aldrich's oil painting “Greeting the Dawn,” which portrays bison roaming beneath the Tetons on an early Wyoming morning, will grace the official ...
National Elk Refuge ends supplemental feeding for 2016
In addition to more natural forage available to elk and bison, elk were showing less interest in supplemental feed and were moving away from the ...
Photographer David Guttenfelder on Yellowstone
National Geographic (registration) (blog)
A Yellowstone bison held temporarily at Ted Turner's Flying D ranch is ... A state wildlife manager in Cody, Wyoming, checks on a problem grizzly ...
UW Podcast Examines Significant Bison Kill Sites
University of Wyoming News
April 11, 2016 — One of the world's most significant bison kill sites will be ... topics on this week's UW podcast, “The University of Wyoming Today.”.
Speaker: Hornaday committed to atoning for bison slaughters
Cody Enterprise
Haunting images of dead bison lit up the screen behind author Douglas Coffman as he began his lecture Thursday at the Buffalo Bill Center of the ...
Terry Bison Ranch Upcoming Concerts
Jun 23. Thu 8:00 PM. Mike and The Moonpies · Terry Bison Ranch – Cheyenne, WY. Mike and The Moonpies at Terry Bison Ranch on 06-23-2016 ...
AZ Game and Fish hold outdoor expo and silent auction
FOX 10 News Phoenix
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A bison head mount and a 420 inch set of elk antlers are among the rare finds up for grabs at the Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor ...
Hunting offers best solution for North Rim bison problems
Today's News-Herald
Bison on the Grand Canyon's North Rim are a relatively recent arrival, a transplant to a fringe of its natural range. To visitors, they are an attraction.
Midewin ecologist international award for work with bird habitats
Kankakee Daily Journal
In October, four bison bulls and 23 cows, all believed to be bred, were relocated to Midewin, where they occasionally can be seen from Illinois Route ...
Will County's Wauponsee trail users have new access point to Midewin bison
The Herald-News
The bison enclosure is also accessible via the Iron Bridge Trailhead on Route 53, but Ralph Schultz, the district's chief operating officer, said the new ...
Three locals lending talents to state's 'Bison-tennial'
Huntington Country TAB
... fiberglass statue of a bison on Thursday, April 7, in Schenkel Station, before adding more colorful decorations depicting Huntington County's history ...
Midewin Rangers lead bison hikes
Kankakee Daily Journal
Visitors will be able to get a close-up view of the bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on May 7, when Midewin collaborates with the villages of ...
Midewin expedition offers up-close view of bison
Chicago Tribune
The bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie have already attracted a lot of attention as they graze among their 500-acre pasture, but special ...
First Bison Born This Year at Fermilab
Chicago Tonight | WTTW
The resident herd is comprised of plains bison, one of two surviving subspecies of American bison. They are smaller than wood bison, which are found ...
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie welcomes baby bison
The Herald-News
In a Midewin news release issued this week, staff announced five bison calves have been born since Saturday. All appear to be healthy and doing ...
Maybe you're familiar with the red paintbrush wildflower (castilleja indivisa) but take a look at her pink perennial cousin (Castilleja purpurea). There is, in fact, a range of colors. Paintbrushes gain some of their food supply from grasses and are included in the snapdragon family. The seeds are tiny at four million per pound so you only need a quarter pound per acre for planting. Save the wildlife and make spaces for nature.


Day Trippin': Head to western Missouri for a wild experience
Prairie State Park near Mindenmines is home to a bison herd. The park has miles of trails to explore, and spring is a great to visit. The buffalo are ...

Pokin Around: Where the deer and the American bison play
Springfield News-Leader
Jake Diemer stands on the safe side of a fortified fence separating him from his herd of 38 American bison, commonly called buffalo. He wears a blue ...

Wildlife center hosts 5K to celebrate anniversary of releasing 130 wood bison
Sunday marks a very special day for dozens of wood bison now roaming the Alaska wilderness between Galena and Bethel. It will have been exactly ...
Hunting for clues about steppe bison mobility
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Crysal Glassburn holds a steppe bison skull from the earth sciences collection at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Steppe bison were ...

Location, location, location: Some bison are on the move
Alaska Dispatch News
Spring is not the usual time to be thinking about hunting bison. However, a recent report of a half dozen buffalo on the Richardson Highway near ...

New Custer State Park visitors center nearly complete
Rapid City Journal
Bison displays stand inside the new Custer State Park visitor center as construction continues before its grand opening May 21. The $6 million visitor ...
Year's first bison calf born at Custer State Park
The state's Game, Fish and Parks Department says most bison calves are born between late April and early May. The calves weigh 40 to 50 pounds at ...
Dakota Midday: Images Of The Past, The Majestic Buffalo
SDPB Radio
Revered, hunted, and nearly dashed into extinction, the American Bison has a storied history of loss and renewal. For more photos and videos of ...
WILTZ: On South Dakota's scenery and hunting buffaloes
Daily Republic
Speaking of buffalo, our American bison or buffalo are no less spectacular than their Cape buffalo cousins in Africa or the great water buffalo of ...

In bison recovery, scientists start small
High Country News
A new approach to bison conservation focuses on many small herds on a ... Jennifer Barfield of Colorado State University adapted techniques ...

Patrons learn primitive-living skills at festival west of Hedgesville, W.Va.
Herald-Mail Media
... homesteading skills were demonstrated this weekend at North American Bushcraft's Primitive to Prepper Festival. Patrons learned about making fire ...

HOME AGAIN: Buffalo Brought Back to Their Original Homeland & Oakland Zoo
"In providing plains bison to the Montana Blackfeet Nation Bison Reserve, we ... several animal species native to California, including the iconic bison.
Wayward Goat in Starbucks; Police K9 More Bark Than Bite; Baby Bison: All in Calif.
Patch has had a wide array of unique animal stories from around the state this week. Have you ever seen a shark go airborne? We have video.
The Catalina Island Bison Herd
Atlas Obscura
A herd of 150 bison live on California's Santa Catalina Island and are at the heart of an ongoing debate between environmental protection and ...

History buffs: Blumfield students write e-books on Nebraska topics
Omaha World-Herald
Each student got to choose a Nebraska-themed topic to write about. ... Houston chose Nebraska bison, teaching the difference between them and ...
Nebraska's great sandhill crane migration is an ecotourism secret
Toronto Star
National Geographic has declared this migration one of North America's greatest wildlife .... The trust has nature trails and an American bison herd.
Bison in new home near Hugh Butler Lake
McCook Daily Gazette
Meister said that bison breeder Ken Klemm of Goodland, Kansas, runs his bison and corrientes together and will buy Meister's bred corrientes.

London Free Press
Commercial bison farming is big business in Nebraska and the Kreyciks' 2,000-acre spread is by no means the largest. That would be TV mogul Ted ...
Experience the living prairie
The Garden City Telegram
Sandsage Bison Range will host Experience the Living Prairie from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16. This is a free, family event where people can tour living ...
How to create a national park without taxpayers footing the bill
Bangor Daily News
Bison graze at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas. The 11,000-acre preserve is jointly managed by the Nature Conservancy and the ...
New tour features baby bison at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
McPherson County, Kan - - - A new tour will feature baby bison at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge in McPherson County. "They are the prettiest right now," ...


High Wire Ranch offers grass-fed bison, elk meat
Western Slope Watchdog
“Do not make pets out of your bison. They're killers,” said Sue Whittlesey, co-owner of High Wire Ranch on Redlands Mesa. “You don't want to see an ...

Museum hosting 'Critter Fest'
South Platte Sentinel
... introduce the participants to various area critters ranging from fascinating insects to the massiveAmerican Bison, coyotes, golden eagles and more.
Why it's called the 'Shalom' zoo, on 'Shalom' Drive
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
This American bison's name is Bill. ... the town – when a German-American industrialist by the name of Arthur J. Ehne decided that the parcel would be ...
Watch out! Bison on the loose in Juneau County
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
About 120 bison are on the loose in southern Juneau County, and the Juneau County Sheriff's Office is urging people in the Union Center, Elroy and ...
Bison recaptured in Juneau County
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
MAUSTON - After more than two days of searching on foot, horseback and vehicle, Juneau County officials report the majority of the approximately ...
Bison owner ticketed, will be charged for deputy overtime
MAUSTON (WKOW) -- The Juneau County Sheriff's Office tells 27 News the owner of bison that escaped a farm in Vernon County will be charged for ...
Southern Plains Pointers: April 2016

Calving & Adapting To Us  

  Things tend to happen all at once this time of year, or so it seems in the southern plains, leaving us charged with thinking ahead and managing for stepping aside and letting nature take its course.  Calving problems can happen with bison. Heifers do heifer things like spook at the new shadow, cows can choose ‘the herd’ over a slow-starter, and young bulls can be a problem if they confuse the scent of calving with estrus. It is also true that 90% of the fetal development occurs in the last trimester of pregnancy. This is not specific to bison and we just need to be careful with over feeding during that period to prevent [causing] calves too big at birth. The catch is; adequate nutrition is required for healthy reproductive function. Personally I like to save my supplemental feed budget for the breeding season and keep the rest of the year limited to mineral, forage and worming. If your management has resulted in thin cows during the last trimester and calving, it’s best to wait till breeding season to feed them out of trouble. Make no mistake - thin cows can be in trouble! Some of the boxes to check going into calving might include:[ 1]an orphan kit / just in case [2] no feeding if forage is adequate [3] letting them calve in zones with mostly open grassland to mitigate predation and maternal disconnect [4] making sure you have mineral out [5] relationship with a veterinarian familiar to the herd & [6] as much of your absence as you can supply them.  Calving season should be the lowest labor cycle in your program for many reasons. Personally, I think the best reason is that we want the species to remain independent of people as much as possible. As managers, we strive for better and stronger bison every year. Better bison, like better anything, involves genetics, but has even more to do with nutrition.  
   Bison may be re-adapting to plenty of good nutrition and achieving their former physical glory and wild state of big - because they are captive! Pre-Columbian bison would have moved from feed to feed, leaving behind perfectly tillered and conditioned soil for re-growth and the return of grazers. I can defend this thesis because I have a time machine. That’s right, I have a time machine and it’s called a bison herd… I know how far they can walk in a day’s work, why they move and how predictable their nature tends to be. They are the perfect intensive-rotational-mob-grazer that forward thinking ecologists and land stewards strive to emulate with domestic animals. So; prehistoric bison would have managed their own nutrition toward optimum and ‘fed’ their genetic makeup to unmitigated fruition. Today, more and more folks are learning about managing habitats for healthy bison, and the economics warrant the investment in the land - and the herd. Fences that once denied nutrition literally, now disappear metaphorically because they grant it. Here’s the catch; because all bison are captive, and all bison are managed somehow either by way of denial or grant, there’s a place for philosophy. Personally, I choose the philosophy of keeping it simple and not causing reproductive dependence on people. That sounds noble and conscientious, but it gets tuff when doing the right thing for the species costs money. This is what sets the bison rancher apart from the crowd, and why bison ranching is not for everyone. Bison are nature’s great adapters, which by evidence over the last 100+ years, – are (!) adapting to us.

          For more about orphans – go to the archives and read: Southern Plains Pointers, April 2014

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How many buffalo call Alabama home? Scenes from the bucolic life of 2 hulking pets
Adding to the feeling that this picturesque setting belonged in a frame was the hulking, imposing presence of two American bison, also commonly ...
Ann Arbor area business briefs: Chi Solutions, Inc. and Domino's Farms
Todd Crocker, manager at Domino's Farms transported nine bison to Pennsylvania and won honors in the following categories: Pen of Heifer Calves, ...
Solving Mysteries at the American Museum of Natural History, Smartphone in Hand
New York Times
Playing Micro Rangers, a new mobile learning game, at the Bison diorama at the American Museum of Natural History. Credit M.Shanley/AMNH ...
More cows taken in this year's bison harvest
Whitehorse Star (subscription)
The number of wood bison harvested this season is down slightly from last year, though the percentage of cows taken is the second-highest on record ...
Spotted: Alaska's first wild bison calves born in over a century
Alaska Dispatch News
One of two wood bison calves spotted on April 18, 2015. A herd of wood bison was released into Alaska's wilderness in the spring of 2015, and the ...
Escaped buffalo spur plans for new Hot Springs festival
Arkansas Online
A year ago, six fugitive American bison, commonly known as buffalo, escaped from a Hot Springs farm, dodged authorities and entertained Facebook ...

South Park Nature Preserve Center welcomes baby buffalo
Hawk Eye
Did you know that our local park, South Park, is home to over a dozen American bison? South Park welcomed a new furry friend into the family herd.
Bison roams in floodwaters of Bear Creek
It was a bison roaming around in the floodwater. ... Finally, this evening the bison was tranquilized and towed to safety by air boat and is now in the ...
RIP Buffy: Bison rescued from historic flooding dies
Buffy the Buffalo, who captured the hearts of Houston in the midst of this week's historic floods, has died. The buffalo was rescued from flooding in Bear ...
Kelton ISD Student Wins 2016 Congressional Art Competition
"Felicia's piece of the bison is representative of the Texas panhandle and demonstrates a great deal of artistic talent. I am proud to have it represent ...
The Wenas Mammoth was -- and is -- a big undertaking
Yakima Herald-Republic
Like the mammoth, the bison was carbon-dated at roughly 17,000 years, making it perhaps an even more significant find. “It turns out we just don't ...
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The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a must visit
A narrow road circles the old district, passing by camping and picnic grounds, the Travertine Nature Center, swimming holes, springs and a bison ...
Buffalo thriving in Green Country; Cherokee Nation honoring past while planning for future
The sounds of bison grazing and the occasional snort of a buffalo cow watching over her calf are only disturbed by the sound of welding. Across the ...

Vista Wood: Home is where the buffalo roam
News & Observer
The Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm has a herd of 100 bison on 260 acres and ... In North Carolina, there were 25 bison farms with 312 animals as of the ...

After near extinction, Bison made historic 2014 return to National Zoo
Washington Post
April 27, 2016 7:23 AM EDT - After being hunted to the point of near extinction, Bison made a historic return to the Smithsonian's National Zoo in 2014.

Sparky the Bison Still Going Strong After Lightning Strike
The comic book world is rife with origin stories, too many to be listed here. But for Sparky, the real-life bison pictured with a gnarly scar in the image ...
It's All Happening at the Zoo - World Class Turtle Back Zoo pensnew Enhanced Bison Exhibit
The Jersey Tomato Press
Changes to the Bison Exhibit provide enhanced viewing areas for the ... With them are (from left) Freeholder Jones, NJ State Senator and Deputy ...
For the love of Texas Bison and Texas Wine
by Dan Humphries 
Bull Dancer Bison Ranch

As a bison rancher that sells grass fed bison meat and also products in the wine industry I want to share the excitement in the Texas Wine industry about the paring of Texas Bison Meat and Texas Wines.  I have worked with many Texas Wineries in supplying bison meat with wine parings for special events.  I now am excited to share with Bison Ranchers and Bison Meat Lovers some of the Texas Wines recommended with your favorite Bison Meat recipes.

The Grilled Grape-Leaf Wrapped Bison Rolls recipe below is a blog by Jamie Carlson in the .
Wine pairing recommended for this recipe is a Sangiovese from Wedding Oak in San Saba, TX.



Despite injuries, Laurel bison run considered a big success
KTVQ Billings News
Laurel Mayor Mark Mace, left, and bison rancher Ted Turner watched the event from in front of Cafe Mabel's, which had an unexpected visitor during ...

Blackfeet welcome bison herd to new reservation home
The Missoulian
A group of Blackfeet riders escort the tractor-trailer carrying 88 bison Monday evening from Elk Island National Park in Alberta, Canada, to be released ...
Fire exposes vast prehistoric archeology site on prairie
Great Falls Tribune
The work also documented several additional bison jumps. “All this was obscured by vegetation,” Chase said. Then a drone was launched, flying ...

Montana mid-sized beef processing plant now in second phase
Prairie Star
“Producers in Montana wanted a good-sized beef processing facility to finish livestock and have the ability to export beef and bison,” Bitz said, adding ...
Published accounts conflict with Finley's claims
The Missoulian
Other bison were donated to the National Bison Range herd; two from Charles Goodnight in Texas, three from the Corbin herd in New Hampshire and ...
Commissioners seek control of bison in Fergus County
Lewistown News-Argus
Monday the Fergus County commissioners took another step toward self-determination by passing a resolution aimed at controlling wild bison.

Gianforte's running mate's op-ed piece full of inconsistencies
Montana Standard
Establishing a viable wild bison population in Montana is a worthy project. Lesley is arrogant to imply this legitimate effort with a wide variety of ...
Bison a threat to food production, safety
Lewistown News-Argus
We also have the American Prairie Reserve that plans a three million acre park with 10,000 bison, 15,000 pronghorn and 25,000 elk. How much ...
1 man's vision to educate all on bison, an icon of the American West
Billings Gazette
“You know, the thing about bison is that you can get them to do whatever they want to do,” he jokes. That's his way of saying that one of the things that ...
EQC to discuss Montana wildlife programs May 4-5
Billings Gazette
The council will also receive updates on elk shoulder seasons, the Block Management Program, wolves, bison, sage grouse conservation, state parks, ...
Changing table manners allows ag businesses to grow in southwest Montana
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
... fencing and low-stress herding, their cattle are moved across their ranches in tight bunches, mirroring what the American bison herds once did.
Our View: Bringing home the buffalo
Midland Daily News
The 89 plains bison, also known as buffalo, will form the nucleus of a herd that ... After U.S. officials rejected a sale offer from Pablo, the Canadian ...

Changes coming to Prince Albert National Park
Prince Albert Daily Herald
According to a release from the Prince Albert National Park, the park's conservation efforts were successful in reintegrating bison into the natural ...
Commodities' “Head-Smashed-In”
Uncommon Wisdom Daily
If the bison survived the jump, fellow tribesmen would finish the kill with spears and bows. (At least, that's what my sources in the Wikipedia Tribe tell ...
History Matters: The starvation summer of 1879
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Several Indian bands responded to the looming famine crisis by heading south across the international border in search of bison. Canadian ...
Bison producers can't keep up with ever-increasing demand
Alberta Express
The story about bison prices this year is “a damn good one.” “When we talk to marketers, the question we ask is, 'How frequently are you shorting your ...
NACI students experience Quebec culture and history
NACI students experience Quebec culture and history ... Huron site and enjoyed a meal which consisted of sunflower seed soup and bison burger.

Wood bison now a 'threatened' NWT species
Better drive with extra care when you see a wood bison on the side of a highway in the Northwest Territories: the burly beasts have joined Western ...
Somerset farmer destroys bison herd because of stress caused by government tests
ITV News
But he says rules and regulations meant his bison were put through unnecessary stress as they had to be tested for TB. Penning them up together sent ...
West Coker farmer 'forced to destroy bison' following tuberculosis fears
Western Gazette
Paul Richards he has been forced to destroy several thousand bison following fears from a government department that they may be responsible for ...

Scientists seek to resurrect the aurochs, the extinct beast that inspired cave paintings
Washington Post
“The example that I think of in terms of those larger scales [meaning herds of more than just a few dozen animals] is the bison in Yellowstone's ...

Chernobyl's toxic wasteland has become a wildlife haven where wolves, horses and bison roam
National Post
It was the worst nuclear disaster in history, spewing thousands of tons of radioactive waste into the atmosphere and prompting the evacuation of more ...
European bison reintroduction
FIRST GROUP OF EUROPEAN BISON RELEASED IN SPAIN True Nature Foundation has struck a mayor deal with the European Association of Zoos ...

Beetle battle used by Warsaw to justify mass logging
Financial Times
It straddles Poland and Belarus and is home to rare creatures such as the European bison and dozens of important plant and animal species.
Eastern Eden: Poland's primeval wildernesses
The Guardian
Wild bison, which once roamed the continent, are now found only in Białowieża (around 300 on the Polish side; 500 in Belarus) along with 58 other ...
Greenpeace protests logging in Poland's rare primeval forest
Idaho Statesman
The forest is on UNESCO's World Heritage list and is home to hundreds of wild bison, over 60 other species of mammals and hundreds of species of ...
Homeward bound: Bison sent to US after 140 years in Alberta
CTV News
A herd of Alberta-born bison will reconnect with their American roots Monday when 88 calves are brought to pasture in Montana – a move designed to ...
Bison operations end at Stephens Creek
KTVQ Billings News
Then the bison are shipped by various tribes for slaughter. ... 380 were killed in state and tribal hunts and an additional 20-40 injured bison were killed ...
The Feds Are Finally Bringing Traditional Foods to Indian Reservations
Last year, two Native American–owned businesses signed contracts to deliver frozen bison meat to the FDPIR and are on schedule to deliver a total of ...
American Indian Center prepares for annual powwow
St. Cloud Times
On Saturday, an annual powwow at St. Cloud State University will combine all three — plus a free meal of wild rice, bison meat and more. American ...
The federal, state and tribal agencies that manage Yellowstone National Park bison have agreed ...
Daily Journal
HELENA, Montana — The federal, state and tribal agencies that manage Yellowstone National Park bison have agreed to let the animals stay in parts ...
Freshmen council members recount learning period at April Quarterly meeting
Char-Koosta News
She said the Dixon district meetings have been very well attended and topics of discussions have been: bison; water rights; gaming; enrollment; social ...
Map mistake tangles history of Flathead biological station
The Missoulian
Retired UM botany professor Jim Habeck came across the confusion while researching the role of Morton Elrod and the National Bison Range.
'The Gleaners': Portraits of bison-hunt scavengers by UM professor
The Missoulian
In another, a man named Alex stands stoically over a dead bison lying on its ... in late January and early February during the annual tribal bison hunt.
Letters: Natives should follow the example of the bison
National Post
Well, even as a non-Plains native, he doesn't seem to know much about that era of Canada's past because wild bison were not herded. The vast herds ...
Bison Blessing and Pow Wow
The Bison Blessing Pow Wow Celebrating Mother Earth is on April 23rd and 24th. This event is free with general admission! On Saturday, Seven ...

Native American culture celebrated
Western Courier (subscription)
Jo Lakota, a member of the intertribal community, spoke of the importance of Native American cultures and teachings. She came for the bison blessing ...

Blackfeet test Canadian bison, plan for May release
On Tuesday, representatives from the USDA and the state were here with the tribal staff to take blood samples from the bison. (Dennis Bragg photo) ...
More than two-million acres of the toughest land in North America. The Crow tribe makes its home here. Calling themselves Apsaalooké or Biiluuke, ...


Bison Range management an idea grounded in history
The Missoulian
14 Missoulian editorial calling on Montana's congressional delegation to work with us to craft legislation restoring the National Bison Range to federal ...
Federal government should not give up control of bison refuge (OPINION)
... took part in a proposed takeover of a different kind at another 108-year-old refuge — the National Bison Range National Wildlife Refuge in Montana.
Government agencies doing nothing to fend of public land grabs
Montana Standard
A bison reserve on our land violates the federal law; only the U.S. Congress can change the existing public land law. BLM is manipulating the intent of ...

TNS: House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Issues Report on National Bison Legacy Act

The full text of the report is found at:

This week in Congress: The Good, the Bad, and the Bison
Before It's News
"The most important bill is obviously H.R. 2908, which names the North American Bison the National Mammal of the United States. " 

Montana Stockgrowers Association lobbies Washington over issues facing cattle industry
AG Week
These issues included: Eradication of Brucellosis, Country of Origin Labeling for U.S. Beef, stopping the proposed federal bison quarantine facility, ...

The American Bison: Bringing People Together and Bridging the Political Divide
Huffington Post
It is the state mammal of Wyoming and the state animal of Oklahoma and Kansas. Bison can be found in all 50 states in public and private herds, tribal ...
Wilderness proposal draws fire
Albuquerque Journal
“Bison are a uniquely American animal and are the embodiment of American strength and resilience,” Heinrich said in a statement. “The bison has ...
Bison: A Symbol of Hope - That We Can Save Species Facing Extinction
Huffington Post
There are many reasons to celebrate this development in Washington, DC, which has its roots far outside of the Beltway, all across America's ...
Punchlines: Backlash over America's national mammal
Those were questions asked by at least two late-night comics after hearing about Congress passing legislation naming the American bison the ...
Bison Coalition
Dear Vote Bison Coalition Members,

We’re pleased to share the news that last night the U.S. Senate, led by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) passed the National Bison Legacy Act (NBLA) by unanimous consent, clearing the bill through Congress and sending it to the President for his signature. Thursday’s action followed House passage on Tuesday of the bill, which was engineered by Representatives William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and José E. Serrano (D-NY).

This is big news for our country; we’ve made history – the bison is America’s new National Mammal. But while we expect President Obama to approve the bill, a formal signing ceremony isn’t a “given.” We need all Coalition members to write into the White House today – asking for a White House signing ceremony generating the widespread public attention and place in the public record that our success deserves.

We’d like to share some statements from our NBLA champs in Congress.

“The bison, like the bald eagle, has for many years been a symbol of America for its strength, endurance and dignity, reflecting the pioneer spirit of America,” Senator Hoeven said at the press conference in the Capitol Wednesday.

“Recognition of our new national mammal will bring a new source of pride for Americans…and also bring greater attention to ongoing conservation and species recovery efforts,” stated Sen. Heinrich at the press conference. “I hope that in my lifetime, thanks to a broad coalition of conservation ranchers, wildlife advocates, and tribal nations, we will see bison return to the prominent place they once occupied in our nation’s shortgrass prairies.”

Rep. Clay opened the House voting session, stating: “No other indigenous species tells America’s story better than this noble creature. The American bison is an enduring symbol of strength, Native American culture and the boundless western wildness. It is an integral part of the still largely untold story of Native Americans and their historic contributions to our national identity.” He also described the personal meaning of the Act in reference to his own heritage, with his great-great grandfather—a Buffalo Soldier.

From across the aisle, Rep. Noem added in support: “The Tatanka is important both physically and spiritually in Native American culture. This bill recognizes that. Bison are a cultural example of how to live in a healthy and productive manner. There are also lessons to be learned about resilience from these animals, which were nearly being wiped from existence at one point. Through the efforts of tribes, ranchers, conservationists and others, the species has survived and can once again be lifted as a literal and cultural example of productivity from which each of us can learn.”

House Government Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) concluded the appeal to House Members by commenting on the majestic nature of the bison and places like Yellowstone National Park where they can be enjoyed by America’s public.

All 6 Members of Congress joined VBC Steering Committee members John Calvelli from Wildlife Conservation Society and Dave Carter from the National Bison Association in the press conference. John covered VBC principles underlying the national mammal naming: “As an ecological keystone, cultural bedrock and economic driver, the bison conveys values such as unity, resilience and commitment to healthy landscapes and communities.”

Dave described how America’s landscape bears “the indelible hoofprint” of generations of bison, with grass and wildlife species evolving “in concert with the bison.” “It’s what we call sustainable agriculture,” he said, emphasizing the sizable role ranchers have played in bison restoration. Americans are “embracing the taste and nutritional value of bison,” as “the economic development story” of bison ranching unfolds.

InterTribal Buffalo Council Executive Director and Yankton Sioux Tribal Member Jim Stone adds: “The buffalo and our tribes have been intertwined since time immemorial and we are very pleased to see this being represented through this effort. This will allow us to share or story and provide education about this relationship for years to come.”

Likening the bison to salsa and Hip Hop as iconic American culture emanating from New York, Rep. Serrano said at the press event: “The bison has a special place not only in U.S. history, but also in the Bronx community. It is the largest land mammal native to the United States and thanks to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Bronx Zoo, which took the lead in saving the bison from extinction more than a century ago, we can still enjoy its majesty today.”

“In the midst of such a difficult political environment, it is good to pass legislation that is important to the American narrative.” Rep. Fortenberry added. “Bison have a storied history in Nebraska and are an important part of our nation's frontier heritage.”

The Coalition has another chance to act in support of the NBLA – ask President Obama to sign the Act in a formal ceremony at the White House. We don’t have much time to influence the decision. The White House needs to hear by Monday that a signing ceremony is vital.

Please use the template below or your own words and prepare a letter to the White House today. The most expedient way to reach White House decision-makers is to email it to me to pass along. This also allows us to track who has sent in letters for our recommended list of invitees to related commemorative events. If you could please send the letter, addressed to President Obama, to me at, I will make sure it gets to our contact at the White House the same day.

Please express the value of a signing ceremony from your own perspective. The letter can be short and to the point and sent within the body an email or as an attachment:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As a partner in the Vote Bison Coalition, I am proud to share with you that Congress has passed the National Bison Legacy Act adopting the American bison as our country’s national mammal. The bison represents aspects of treasured American values—unity, resilience and healthy landscapes and communities. Please consider a formal White House ceremony when you sign this important act into law in the next couple weeks. Such an event would bring deserved public attention to this historic moment.

From my perspective as a [type of bison supporter], a White House ceremony would help make the public aware of the great comeback of bison after a previous century of demise, celebrate bipartisan leadership on legislation during your term, and share the variety of ways bison are meaningful in everyday American life.

Thank you.


[name, title, organization, address, email, phone]

Thank you for taking action on this critical appeal to the White House. Please also consider ways your organization can stimulate press and public attention through social media, and innovate to get the message out and raise the profile of our new national mammal. Feel free to utilize the new bison seal and elements of our VBC press release found at

The NBLA passage has resulted in massive media response. A sampling of top hits are highlighted below, and more appear daily. Please share with us any coverage you may come across. And it’s not too late for new Coalition members to join; we aim to double the Coalition’s membership in the months leading up to National Bison Day on November 5.

Thank you for your involvement!


Julie Anton Randall
Vote Bison Campaign Coordinator
Julie Anton Randall
National Campaign Coordinator
Vote Bison Campaign

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Building the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Cowboys and Indians
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From Pocahontas to Tubman: Watch US currency transform over the years
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Midewin ecologist international award for work with bird habitats
Kankakee Daily Journal
In October, four bison bulls and 23 cows, all believed to be bred, were relocated to Midewin, where they occasionally can be seen from Illinois Route ...
Food and Recipes 

Thursday, March 31st: Moms on a Mission
WMUR Manchester
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Appetites: Why you should add bison to your diet
Minnesota Public Radio News
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Cooking with beer
KCRA Sacramento
Game On: Exotic Meats on the Menu in PBC
Palm Beach
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Eureka! Brings Stellar Bar Program, Burgers to 2 New Locations
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Ag animals a better food source than wild game
The Missoulian
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Chef Toby Shares Recipe for Grilled Bison Burgers
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Shalane Flanagan's favorite post-race meal is a burger and a beer
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Ready, set, bison! At Big Brothers gala, top local chefs
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Wild Game Sausage: How to Make Bison Saucisson
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'We come for the food': Cape Girardeau Farmers Market opens for the season
Southeast Missourian
"We had friends here when we were at [a farmers market] in Cobden, Illinois," said Leslie Knapp, who was selling bison meat for Bison Bluff Farms.
Earth Day event in Petersham focuses on climate change
Worcester Telegram
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What Small Farms Need to Compete With Corporate Food
YES! Magazine
“People are smart enough to ask pertinent questions,” said farmer Ken Lindner, who runs a bison farm with his wife, Kathy, in Northern California.

Yellowstone National Park officials say they’ve met the lower end of their goal for culling the bison herd. Bison trapping in the park ended Thursday.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said officials estimate that about 550 bison have been removed this year. That’s 50 fewer than the bison managers’ goal of removing at least 600, but Bartlett said it’s close enough. She also said the number might go up because officials are still waiting for a final count.

Bison managers cull the herd every year to comply with a plan created after the state of Montana sued the park over bison migrating into the state. The Inter-agency Bison Management Plan sets a target population of 3,000 bison in the Yellowstone area. There are currently about 5,000 bison there.


Governor's bison plan OK'd; will reduce hazing near Yellowstone
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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Groups help residents build bison fences
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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... and writer, Barry Neild, photographer Matt Hamon stumbled across the group who utilize everything left behind from Native American bison hunters ...
IBMP Approves New Bison Management Plan
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Sleeping (and eating) in Yellowstone National Park
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Woman attempts to pet bison in Yellowstone National Park
KTVQ Billings News
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Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?
Alabama Public Radio
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What's next for Yellowstone's threatened species?
Mother Nature Network (blog)
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Delivery time for bison in Yellowstone
The Spokesman Review (registration) (blog)
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Seattle photographer's Yellowstone bison photo to appear on postage stamp
The Seattle Times
This photograph of two bison silhouetted in Yellowstone National Park's ... Geographic and Smithsonian magazines, has reached a new summit. ... of the stamps will take place at New York City's Javits Center at 11 a.m. on June 2 as ...
Pickup strikes, kills bison on West Yellowstone roadway
Billings Gazette
Two brothers driving through West Yellowstone on Tuesday night struck an adult bison, killing the animal and likely totaling their vehicle, according to ...

- are YOU participating ?

Data is necessary for producers wanting to expand their operation, people wanting to enter the bison industry, and bankers looking for performance measures in the bison industry. The results from the last Benchmarking Project of five years provided a solid base of numbers that both financial institutions and producers could use. 

The CBA and Bison Producers of Alberta together are working on a new two-year Benchmarking Project (ending February 28, 2018) with more focus on developing tools for producers.  Tools such as production calculators, ‘Bison 101’  with a focus on getting new people involved in the bison industry and necessary steps to do so, and ‘Bison 102’ which will reflect utilizing the benchmarking data with a business planning component.

An anticipated 40 Alberta farms will be participating, and with that data combined with the data from the expected 40 Saskatchewan farms that are conducting a Benchmarking Project in their province – there will be a wealth of information to be shared. 

The BPA believes the results from this Project will add the business element needed in a successful bison operation for Alberta producers.
For More information or to participate please call 1-780-955-1995

Upcoming Events 

Bison Auction - Vold Jones & Vold     Bison Auction - Kramer  Auctions Ltd.
When: Wednesday, May 11th , 2016         
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When:  Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th 
Where: Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre in the BMO, Calgary Stampede GroundsThird Annual Bison Festival at Elk Island National Park      When:  Saturday, August 13th   Where:  Elk Island National Park (east of Edmonton on the Yellowhead Hwy)
Ann Arbor area business briefs: Chi Solutions, Inc. and Domino's Farms
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 National Bison Association 
Congress declares Bison as national mammal
Dave Carter is the director of the National Bison Association. He says the ...Wisconsin congressman Ron Kind has multiple bison farms in his district.
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NBA Executive Director Dave Carter addresses a news conference in Washington, D.C. celebrating passage of the national Bison Legacy Act. See video of Dave's speech by clicking here.  
The bison is headed to its rightful place as America's official National Mammal.
A four-year cooperative effort among the National Bison Association, the Inter Tribal Buffalo Council and the Wildlife Conservation Society bore fruit this week as Congress wrapped up final action to pass the National Bison Legacy Act, which establishes bison as the National Mammal of the United States. The legislation now heads to the White House for President Obama's signature.
The legislation, began to gather steam last fall, when U.S. Sen John Hoeven (R-ND) began to lobby his colleagues to approve the proposal. The Senate gave formal approval in December.
However, passage in the House had been stymied in recent years because of some procedural rules in the Government Oversight Committee. House Bill Champions William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Kristi Noem (R-SD), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) worked with the committee's new chair U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to modify the committee rules to allow consideration of the measure. The committee approved the measure in March, and the Full House gave final passage this week.
Hoeven and other key sponsors of the legislation held a formal news conference at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to celebrate passage of the bill.
At a news conference, Hoeven noted, "The bison, like the bald eagle, has for many years been a symbol of America for its strength, endurance and dignity, reflecting the pioneer spirit of America," Senator Hoeven said. "Both the Senate and the House have now passed the National Bison Legacy Act, which names this noble animal as our national mammal. This is a fitting designation that recognizes the important cultural and economic role the bison has played in our nation's history."
NBA Executive Director Dave Carter also address the news conference, highlighting the role that private ranchers are playing in restoring bison to rangelands and pastures across the country. He also noted that the American public is a key partner in bison restoration by providing the economic incentive for ranchers to build their herds.
Here are links to some of the news articles concerning passage of the Bison Legacy Act.

Bison Meat Prices Surge in March
Wholesale bison meat prices took their largest one-month jump in recent years in March, climbing to new record levels.
Prices that processors paid for young bull carcasses in March reached $441.84/Cwt. in March, $9.58/Cwt. higher than in February and $27.97/Cwt. higher than the previous March. Heifer carcasses brought $430.47/Cwt. in March. That was $13.15/Cwt. higher than in February and $29.66/Cwt. higher than in Mach 2015. Older bulls were slightly lower in March, but older cows were higher.
Processors, are still wrestling with extremely tight supplies of slaughter-ready animals. Despite the higher prices, the 12,581 bison processed year-to-date in 2016 is one percent lower than were processed during the same period in 2015.


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