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August 2016

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During the mid 1800’s people started realizing the importance of the buffalo, not only for animal cruelty  reasons, but for grassland ecological and future resources.

Someone needed to speak out and step up and over the years they did, but never enough at one time to count, in those tough times.

The real extermination of the buffalo was caused by the demands of trade there can be no doubt, aided and abetted by sportsmen, Indians, and others; but the blame really lies with the government that in all these years permitted a few ignorant Congressman to block the legislature in favor of the protection of the bison, so that all the efforts of humanitarians were defeated and the bills when passed pigeonholed.
(The Morning Post North Carolina Dec 27 1899)
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He was a founding member of the Wisconsin Bison Association and an ... He was a past director of the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin ...
    James Allen Mangold Jr., 77, Burlington, died peacefully Aug. 28, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 17, 1938, in Burlington, to the late James and Marna Mangold.
Farm Day lets visitors see ag operations up close
Quad City Times
Many times, people confuse beef with bison meat, which is quite lean and sweeter than beef, Winter said. “Don't overcook it,” he said. “The rarer, the ...
Unique dinners link area farmers to consumers
Quad-Cities Online
He provided meat from his grass-fed, free range bison (no hormones or ... the taste of the bison," Mr. Winter said of the weekly outdoor market at the ...
Bison Burger Picnic and Lawn Concert
picnic 1 Exciting things continue to happen at the Prairie Heritage Center! The annual Bison Burger Picnic and Lawn Concert sponsored by the Little ...
Bison Day draws hundreds to Neal Smith
Newton Daily News
Bison Day draws hundreds to Neal Smith ... Genz said modern weaving is not unlike what Native Americans must have encountered in terms of ...
Bison Burger Picnic and Lawn Concert to be held August 16
Pilot Tribune
The annual Bison Burger Picnic and Lawn Concert sponsored by the Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association and the O'Brien County ...
A lightning strike killed 323 reindeer, and this is the ghastly aftermath
Washington Post
Among the more well-known animal lightning strike victims is a bison who resides at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. A wildlife biologist discovered ...
Bison will debut in Strassenfest parade
The Herald
The 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison will be part oft he German American Bank's float in Sunday's Strassenfest parade. Jasper High School Art teacher Josh ...

Carroll County unveils Indiana Bicentennial Bison
DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — The first Indiana Bicentennial Bison was unveiled in Carroll County Tuesday afternoon. The Bison, named Claude, was put on ...

Growing wild: 'Bloomer' the bison set for unveiling at Seymour cafe
Seymour Tribune
The 5-foot tall, life-sized fiberglass bison has been named Bloomer ... days in Vallonia and is being sponsored by the Jackson County History Center.
5 new things to check out at 2016 Indiana State Fair
Indianapolis Star
Stop by the Miniature Hereford competition for your daily dose of cuteness, then head to The Glass Barn to check out the largest display of bison art in ...
Liz Biro: Best food events at the Indiana State Fair
Indianapolis Star
Look for Bloomington-based Red Frazier Bison Ranch's food truck. Order bison cheesesteak egg rolls filled with thinly sliced and marinated bison ...
Big, blue bison representing Hamilton County ​now on display at the Indiana State Fair ​
Current in Noblesville
The Hamilton County bison represents iconic symbols of Hamilton County, including the historic Hamilton County Courthouse in Noblesville and high ...
Albion bison sculpture vandalized within 24 hours of being installed
A bison sculpture outside the Albion Old Opera House was vandalized sometime in the early morning hours of August 10. (Courtesy: S.T.A.R. Team).
Plymouth creating a 'Bison'-tennial art project
The "Bison"-tennial public art project is sponsored by the Indiana Association of United Ways. It aims to celebrate the history of the animal in Indiana.
Register early for September Bison Advantage Workshop
Purdue Agricultural Communications
"We love being able to be a part of raising an animal that has deep roots in our American history," said workshop host Pete Cook. "Bison meat is an ...
Ouabache a 'most unique' park
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
“It is the only state park where someone can get up close to the American Bison. Which have been a main attraction since the early '70s. It's like ...
Wild West returns with Bison Days
Journal Advocate
Bison Days are returning to the Overland Trail Museum this Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. You can choose the day that ...
Get a close-up view of Rawhide Energy Station's bison
The Coloradoan
The purebred bison, a Rawhide staple since 1983, are the electricity provider's ... The Wyoming flag” – which has a bison on it – “was right outside my ...
Custer State Park New Visitor Center Helps People Navigate
Other interactive displays teach guests about all the parks features, including its famed bison herd. A special display shows visitors just how close is ...
Reggie: Not Your Average Buffalo
KEVN Black Hills Fox
Cody Smith, a 777 Ranch Herdsman, says, "I went out there and he was all by himself, looking down, and like he had been there for a few days.".
12 Months of National Parks - No. 9, Wind Cave: Drama unfolds in a quiet corner of the prairie
Salt Lake Tribune
We were watching a herd of bison near the road when a coyote approached them like it owned the place. It walked through the herd, directly toward a ...
Sonoma Land Trust gets $2.1 million for wildlife study project
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Many of those species are long-gone – mammoths, bison, pronghorn antelope and others. The culprit, most naturalists agree, was homo sapiens, ...
Santa Monica History Museum to Participate in the History Keepers: Traversing Los Angeles ...
Santa Monica Mirror
Santa Monica History Museum to Participate in the History Keepers: ... from the Los Angeles area including the Santa Monica History Museum; Bison ...
California is declared free of bovine TB
Sacramento Bee
Immediate action is warranted to relieve restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from the State of California. U.S. Department of ...

No bovine tuberculosis found in California cattleCattleNetwork.comIt allows cattle and bison originating from California to be freely transported across state lines with no TB testing required. According to APHIS ...

Natalie Sklaney holding her first show at the wildlife refuge center
The Lawton Constitution
This unusual facedown with an American bison now the national mammal is an example of wildlife portraiture by Norman artist Nancy Sklaney, whose ...
Oklahoma conservation group pushes for bison-based design on state license plate
OKLAHOMA CITY – For those not feeling the newest license plate design ... intent is to bring Oklahoma's state mammal to light: the American Bison.
Conservancy aims to bring bison back to the Arbuckles
Tulsa World
With thousands of additional acres acquired by the Nature Conservancy and a host of partners, the stage is set to return the American bison to ...
Holder's Hideaways: Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge
"Bison herds are now managed for DNA and so all of our bison have a chip in their ear that gives up what their DNA make-up is. So when we're ...
In Oklahoma, A National Park That Got Demoted
Alabama Public Radio
Even the bison herd was transplanted. "It's like this improved nature, in a sense," Hohmann says. She says from the moment it was created 100 years ...
Land Purchase Returns Piece Of History To Osage Nation
News On 6
Bluestem Ranch is 43,000 storied acres of Osage Nation history that now ... “In addition to raising bison, we also tried to turn back the clock,” Turner ...

Eva Cook art exhibit opens at refuge center
The Lawton Constitution
The one-woman show includes landscapes, Texas longhorn cattle, American bison and some abstract works. It will be on display through the end of ...
Wild Side: Protect America's 'best idea' for future generations
Ashland Daily Tidings
It is a dramatic landscape of towering, sulphury geysers, meadows teeming with burly bison and deep canyons with gushing waterfalls. I can't imagine ...
Zoo improvements coming
Great Bend Tribune
The second gift of $100,000 will be used to reintroduce bison to the zoo. The first step will be to restore the exhibit space with new fencing. The gift will ...
Bison near the Grand Canyon
... Insider · azcentral tickets · Lottery · Obituaries · Arizona Republic · E-Newspaper ... Bison near the Grand Canyon ... Bison near the Grand Canyon.
Letter: Leave the poor bison alone
Bison are natural! I read the recent article in The Arizona Republic with great interest ( “Native to Arizona or not? Groups clash over Grand Canyon ...
Scheming Buffalo Herd Roams Amok at Grand Canyon
Wall Street Journal
But in May, the same month as the Bison Act, a park service report declared bison are native to NorthernArizona. The report cites 3,000-year-old bison ...

TPD offers active shooter class to public
KVOA Tucson News
... break the rules, getting too close to elk, grizzly bears, wolves and bison. ... break the rules, getting too close to elk, grizzly bears, wolves and bison.
Bison managers to toss some hunting, trapping changes
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Wildlife managers said Wednesday that the bison trap at the northern border of Yellowstone National Park will need to start catching bison sooner ...
Montana hunting history highlighted in new exhibit
Great Falls Tribune
The bison slaughter symbolized the collapse of Montana's wildlife, with the species hunted by emigrants, soldiers, hide hunters – and threatened by ...
Community and candy abound at Sweet Pea Parade
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
One float featured an SUV with a “Yellowstone Bison Taxi” sign on the side. An individual dressed in a full bison outfit poked their head out of the open ...
Shaker Heights father and son on bicycle adventure encounter breath-taking scenery, a little tension
Feeling adventurous, Ian and I had our first bison burgers at a restaurant in the park (the waitress promised us the bison didn't come from Yellowstone) ...
New York City teens explore Montana prairie
Billings Gazette
American Prairie Reserve first partnered with SEO last year to give the city students an immersive introduction to rural life, the Montana prairie, bison, ...

Montana proposes elk hazing to check disease spread
Idaho Press-Tribune
FWP officials already participate in a bison hazing program each spring with the Montana Department of Livestock, in which horses and helicopters ...
Montana Tribes ready to resume bison management
Montana Standard
In the 1870's, when the North American plains bison population had been slaughtered to the point of near extinction, CSKT tribal members — with the ...
The bitter majesty of Ginnell Glacier slowly disappearing in Glacier National Park
Summit Daily News
... (1849-1938), an advocate for the creation of the park, who worked with Theodore Roosevelt in protecting the American bison from extinction.


New bison calf born at Midewin in Wilmington
The Herald-News
WILMINGTON – A bison calf has been born at Midewin National Tallgrass ... The bison are part of a 20-year experiment to help restore the prairie to ...

OUTDOORS: Notes on buffaloes, mosquitoes, and alligator gar
That's right, bison were brought into Will County last fall and placed on a 500-acre pasture area. The place is Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near ...
Reflections: Filling in Illinois' bison history blanks
Kendall County Now (subscription)
The state's Native People, particularly the member tribes and bands of the Illinois Confederacy, conducted huge bison hunts during the late 1600s that ...

Bison bring more Midewin visitors
Kankakee Daily Journal
A surprise bison calf was born this week at Midewin National Tallgrass ... by U.S. Forest Service officials that the presence of the iconic American bison ...
Wilmington prairie hits record attendance after bison arrive
Washington Times
“It has been great to see the sincere interest the bison have generated here locally from people of all different ages and walks of life,” said Kurt Steele, ...
Despite what the judges say, 'Knox' remains first in the hearts of countians
Vincennes Sun Commercial
The bison from Fulton County took home top honors while DeKalb County's buffalo received second place. Both of them were painted similarly to ..
$6.7 million Midewin project launched
Kankakee Daily Journal
"Our mission is to engage Americans in stewardship and in visiting our ... as well as our recently-designated national mammal, the American bison.".

An Old West saloon with spuds worth seeking out
The scene: The colorful Pioneer Saloon is Ketchum, Idaho's most iconic ... One off-the-menu local favorite is to top a Jim Spud with a bison burger ...
Giant bison skull greets visitors at Pocatello Regional Airport
The Pocatello Regional Airport has mounted a new display to greet visitors. It is a Giant Bison skull, loaned to the airport by the Idaho Museum of ...
Zoo Idaho welcomes 2 new family members
KPVI News 6
Zoo Idaho welcomes 2 new family members ... Bob is estimated to be nearly 4 years old and can be seen in a corral next to the bison and elk exhibit.
Travel videos aim to bring German visitors to Idaho
Idaho State Journal
Travel commentator Kathrin Kana takes a selfie with Honey, a 1-year-old bison calf, at the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum in Fort Hall during the ...

Petersen revisits World's Largest Buffalo
Jamestown Sun
If it wasn't for Harold Newman hiring Petersen in the late 1950s to build that monster bison on the hill east of Frontier Village, Jamestown's skyline ...
Study examines genetics of bison in Theodore Roosevelt park
Grand Forks Herald
The goal of the project is to better understand the genetic diversity of the American bison, officially named the national mammal earlier this year.
Hoeven speaks to importance of bison to state, country
Jamestown Sun
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has an idea on how to celebrate when Washington holds an induction ceremony for the legislation designating bison as ...
Cody Johnson set to play the Terry Bison Ranch
Wyoming Tribune
As a tie-in for the release, Johnson will be embarking on a tour, which will include a stop at the Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne on Wednesday.
Keown: Preserve land for generations to come
Casper Star-Tribune Online
I worked for the U.S Forest Service and was sent to the Exon Mercantile ... The Lewis and Clark expedition experienced the American Bison (buffalo) ...

Tatanka evading bullets early on
Jackson Hole News&Guide
The Jackson Bison Herd's early-season aversion to the National Elk Refuge and other areas where the animals are fair game for gunfire continued ...

Animals Have Been Falling in This Wyoming Cave for 38000 Years
Nearly eight stories under the earth, the remains of wolf, bison, lion, ... lay preserved in the cool humidity of a cave in Wyoming for some 38,000 years.
Southern Plains Pointers: Aug 2016

Looking Out for Them

  Southern plains bison have been blessed this year with unusual rains in the dog days of summer and lots and lots of grass. I have actually seen cool season prairie bloom, and cool soaking rains in August. My biggest message to bison owners is ‘don’t let your guard down – and be on the lookout’ (!) Lots of grass and lots of rain, means: lots of parasites. Having your guard up about the parasites is all about being on the lookout for how your animals are looking. If they are gaining weight and looking ‘bloomy’, you will have a great calf crop and go into winter. By now the vocalizations have begun, and if not, you need to check the nutritional reality of the herd. It’s also good to be leery of your bulls this time of year, because as they begin to vocalize, they tend the territory of the cycling female. If you threaten their right to that territory, accidentally or not, you are no longer safe. Personally, when I see a bull making rapid moves to head off a cow and hear him vocalize, I think how that scene must look the same as when Cabeza de Vaca first witnessed the great herds, in the southern plains by the way, in the 1500’s, and how lucky I am to witness it today – from my truck or a safe distance! It’s wild America on ranches all over this country, it’s cool [AND] it’s dangerous, so keep an eye out for the signs.

  Speaking of keeping an eye out, the southern plains have a lot of wild diversity to offer. I am always busy telling people to be on the lookout for signs of health issues before they become critical to their bison.  But I am now adding, be on the lookout for what’s looking back! Steve Unger, a new and welcome addition to the bison community at 310 Bison Ranch in Jacksonville, Texas, sent me an email entitled ‘an interesting day’. Steve moved here from California and is doing a fantastic job of building a quality herd on his land. He embraces the hard work of ‘getting it right’ and/but – this day was a little more adventure than he remembered seeing in the Texas bison ranching brochure…

His words are the best: The water exploded for a second, and the fight was on!  He fought him for a couple of minutes, and then said that he wanted to get a second hook near his tail (first one was close to his head) and asked me to take the rod. I love fishing, so I didn't hesitate.  Gators, it seems, tend to lie on the bottom and simply stay there. They somewhat dig into the mud, and are impossible, or seem to be impossible to move. Quickly they had the second hook in him, and the tug of war was on.  I pulled real hard on this guy for about 30 minutes, and was running low on gas when we finally got a glimpse of its head. It was big! The guy who was not on a rod kept trying to throw a loop over its head, but wasn't having much luck. My arms felt like jello, and I didn't have the  strength to pull his head up again, so I switched poles with the guy who was holding the tail.

 He got the head up, and this time the rope found its way around it gators head. Then they had him. We pulled him up the bank, and one guy jumped on its back, tied its jaws shut, and then tied his legs. 

We all took a break for a few, then drug the beast around the lake, and got him into the bed of their truck. They measured him first though, and he hit the tape at 9 feet, 10 inches. They estimated his weight between 200 and 250 pounds.  He could have easily taken any of the calves, and even the adults if they went into the water, which they always do.  They were going to relocate him to a place where he wouldn't bother anyone.  As much as I didn't like that thing, I was glad I didn't need to shoot him, and happy he'll live out his days somewhere safe.  I now check all of the lakes daily for anything that may be looking back at me. 

So, enjoy your bison and this great summer with all the grass, keep on the lookout for how their habitat is doing condition – but always watch for what’s look’in back!

Frasier Bison L.L.C.
Buffalo charges horseback riders at Custer State Park
Rapid City Journal
Bulls are currently in rut, the time in the mating season when the behavior of bison, already an unpredictable animal, can become even more erratic, ...
Bison Hunting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
National Geographic
However, while Chris may carry that NYC veneer, he is also a dynamic young man with surprising nuances. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he has ...

Wind Cave visitors explore strange underground world
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The drive to Wind Cave through the park was full of the same wildlife we saw in other parts of the Black Hills, including bison, pronghorn and mule ...
New parking lot in Irvine Park will increase visitor access
“A bigger part of the park will be open year round so people will be able to see the bison and the tigers,” Hebert said. “The other thing that we're going ...
Population of rare butterfly explodes in Wisconsin
The bison help, but the habitat restoration effort counts mostly on controlled fires, mowing and other mechanical means. Wisconsin has identified large ...
Little Manitowoc Prairie's color show
Herald Times Reporter
Both natural and man-made fires, and grazing animals, principally the bison, created disturbances that provided an opportunity for regrowth and ...
Vernon County, where Elmer's buffalo roam
La Crosse's NewsTalk 1410AM 92.3FM
Campbell said the biggest concern is that the Beechy bison could be a danger to cars on the road. Beechy has been cited numerous times already ...
Where buffalo roam
Plainview Daily Herald
The first three of perhaps a dozen or more aluminum sculptures of prehistoric American Bison are now in place, mounted on concrete pedestals at the ...
Day Trips: Caprock Canyons State Park, Quitaque: Where the High Plains drop into the rolling hills ...
Austin Chronicle
The Official Texas State Bison Herd has nearly free range of the park's 15,313 acres, which attracts a lot of visitors. In addition to trails in the park, there ...

'The Storyteller'
Your Houston News
“I love the rugged landscapes and colors in Texas and the skies,” Nowak said. “I also feel inspiration from the animal, bison, because of their history.

Texas Promised 34 Years Ago to Track Oilfield Waste in Aquifers. It Didn't.
Texas Tribune
... to need that water," said Hugh Fitzsimons, a bison rancher and member of the Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation District in South Texas.
Bison statue to greet returning students at MU
Huntington Herald Dispatch
Courtesy of Marshall University A new bison statue, shown here still packed in protective shipping covering, is being installed on Marshall University's ...
Get lost: Corn mazes for 2016 in the western region of Pa.
You can find everything from bison (yes, they are off the endangered list and you can find them at Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm, Edinboro) and pig ...
Elderly bison, Maude, euthanized at Maymont
Maymont's 25-year-old American bison, Maude, was euthanized Thursday because of her .... Bison lived in the wild in Virginia into the 1700s. Today ...
A farm ahead of their time
ECM Post Review
Ever since 1976, the Eichten's Cheese and Bison farm has done just that. Their progressive methods and strong family work ethic is what helped the ...
Benson: Coyotes and prairie dogs on the Great Plains
The Dickinson Press
As little as 200 years ago, enormous herds of the American Bison or buffalo roamed across the plains, and lesser numbers of elk and wolves. Then ...

McCook as 'Capital of Buffalo Commons'
McCook Daily Gazette
Just before McCook was founded as a railroad town in 1882, American Bison roamed this land in huge herds, even attracting a Russian prince, the ...
Who killed Goliath? $500 reward for tips in bison's death
The Daily Progress
The owners had assumed that the bison, named Goliath, died of natural causes this week near Stanton in Montcalm County. The Morning Sun and ...

National Park Service creates 'living emblem' in DC
A Sequoia tree and bison represent vegetation and wildlife, mountains and water represent scenery and recreation, and the arrowhead shape ...
Hörrmann Meats: Bigger, meatier, soon to open on East Battlefield
Springfield News-Leader
Hoerman said more than 1,000 farms use the plant to butcher locally raised beef, pork, lamb, goat, bison and other meats. For example, they sell llama ...

Delta Junction family wins state farming award
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
Bill Walker and USDA Administrator Val Dolcini, the Plagermans accepted their plaque, given for their remarkable work on their hay and bison farm in ...
Potpourri: Marshall's bison statue, buffalo hunting along the Ohio
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)
It stands in front of Old Main. Bison were once common in the Ohio River Valley. An eyewitness was Father Jean de Bonnecamps, a Jesuit priest who ...
Dixie State's Brooks the Bison to make his debut Thursday at Legend Solar Stadium
St. George Daily Spectrum
Brooks the Bison, Dixie State University's new mascot, will make his ... The Trailblazers will host the New Mexico Highlands to open conference play.
Wood bison research makes bundles of joy
Western Producer (subscription)
Veterinary researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have successfully produced the world's first bison calves using in vitro fertilization. | William ...
Avoiding making light of some unfortunate situations
Winnipeg Free Press
"They heard the bison's footsteps moving toward them and started to run, but the bison caught the mother on the right side, lifted her up and tossed her ...
Event promotes agriculture
Airdrie Echo
Glengary Bison Farm is one the local farms taking part in the Open Farm Days event, which opens farms to the public for educational tours, August 20 ...
Brewery and The Beast draws 1200 participants for showcase of locally sourced meats
Calgary Herald
The Guild executive chef Ryan O'Flynn warms bannock next to over half a ton of bison that has been smoked for two days at the Brewery and the ...
More Than 50 Animals Starve to Death in Venezuela's Zoos as the Nation Endures Devastating ...
PJ Media
"The bison is so weak that it is being pecked at by turkey buzzards." Turkey buzzards — we call them turkey vultures in the U.S. — usually only eat ...
United Kingdom
Vole patrol: Conservationist takes to Marshes to find out about its shrews and other small mammals
Hackney Citizen
“If you were standing on this spot 10,000 years ago, you might have seen bison roaming across the Lammas plain,” Legall says. “If you walked along ...
Auction News: Heads up – large collection of taxidermy at sporting auction
Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
... recently hung in the famous Bibury Court Hotel - now a private residence - should attract bids of £500 to £800, as should an American bison head.

What's the Difference between a Mouse and a Bison?
Now though, he is the resident vet for Tayto Park Zoo, which contains a variety of animals from Tigers and Mountain Lions to Leopards, Bison and fair ...
Mexico City Zoo's Death Row for Animals
teleSUR English
In another incident, a lioness had to be euthanized when staff could not address an abcess, and another other endagered species, an American bison, ...
Bark beetle scourge: Can Poland's primeval forest survive?
One of the forest's original inhabitants is the European bison and represents one of the many conservation successes. The species was almost extinct ...
Logging in Poland could impact endangered bison
WTAE Pittsburgh
Logging in Poland could impact endangered bison ... logging in Europe's last primeval forest, home to hundreds of endangered free-roaming bison.
I do love my big hairy brunette bison | photos, videos
Newcastle Herald
Photos of the Newcastle Museum bison head, Don Bradman in Canada and bison ... An ABC story on Bradman's tour of Canada and North America.
Bison rampage petition gets 500 signatures
Trinidad Guardian
Almost one month after he was shot over an argument about bison, Barrackpore farmer Ricky Gangadhar has completed a petition calling for the ...

Passport Nebraska 2016: Marking last battle of Native American nations
Omaha World-Herald
As white hunters laid waste to bison herds, Pawnee parties started entering hunting grounds of the Lakota, who had warred with them for generations.
History: The mountain Utes in Colorado
Summit Daily News
The Ute way of life left distinct marks on the landscape as they followed the bison between summer grazing lands along the Blue River and winter ...
Reflections: Filling in Illinois' bison history blanks
Kendall County Now (subscription)
The state's Native People, particularly the member tribes and bands of the Illinois Confederacy, conducted huge bison hunts during the late 1600s that ...
Bison Hunting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
National Geographic
For the Lakota tribe, their sacred community is intrinsically linked to the bison. “The decision to let a non-native kid from Brooklyn tag along and help ...
Reflections: Filling in Illinois' bison history blanks
Kendall County Now (subscription)
The state's Native People, particularly the member tribes and bands of the Illinois Confederacy, conducted huge bison hunts during the late 1600s that ...
Bison celebration at Museum of Discovery Aug. 25
Colorado State University News (press release)
Melody of our Landscape - graphic from film/event Ty Smith, director of Colorado State University's Native American Cultural Center, and Jennifer ...
CSKT officials provide timber use, National Bison Range and Water Compact updates
Char-Koosta News
CSKT Council Vice Chairman Len Two Teeth addresses community members in a Elmo meeting to discuss Tribal issues. Forestry Department Head ...
Montana Tribes ready to resume bison management
Montana Standard
In the 1870's, when the North American plains bison population had been slaughtered to the point of near extinction, CSKT tribal members — with the ...
The Latest: Montana tribes' request for bison hits hurdle
KHQ Right Now
(AP) - The Latest on a request to relocated a group of wild bison from Yellowstone National park to Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation (all times ...
Montana tribes seek transfer of wild bison
TriValley Central
Leaders of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes are pressing state officials to support the transfer of 49 bison to the tribes' northeastern Montana ...

Buffalo Master: An inside look at Sandoval County bison and their caretaker
Rio Rancho Observer
A 2-year-old bull chased him relentlessly once while he was sorting the herd on behalf of the tribe. An angry cow gored one of his horses in the thigh.
Mankato flood wall mural dedicated
Mankato Free Press
She said a Native American presence made the experience an ideal ... Fish and an American bison were used as bookend images for the 300-foot ...
Land Purchase Returns Piece Of History To Osage Nation
News On 6
Bluestem Ranch is 43,000 storied acres of Osage Nation history that now ... “In addition to raising bison, we also tried to turn back the clock,” Turner ...
Bison hunt orientation set for August 31
Char-Koosta News
PABLO — The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes announce the beginning of the 2016 Off Reservation Wild Bison Hunt Orientations. Each hunter ...
NYS Fair foods: Six Nations Soup House, Iroquois Village (2016 review) (blog)
The Six Nations Soup House is located in Iroquois Indian Village and features a variety of Native American foods, including corn soup, bison burgers, ...


Comments invited on Badlands bison plan
Rapid City Journal
Comments invited on Badlands bison plan ... has been extended for a proposal to expand the bison range in the North Unit of Badlands National Park.
Hoeven speaks to importance of bison to state, country
Jamestown Sun
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has an idea on how to celebrate when Washington holds an induction ceremony for the legislation designating bison as ...
Meet the 34 lawmakers who actually managed to pass bills this year
Washington Examiner (blog)
What passed into law: H.R. 3700, reforming U.S. housing law to boost ..... The American bison is an enduring symbol of strength, Native American ...
Montana Tribes ready to resume bison management
Montana Standard
Many of you have heard about the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' draft legislation to restore the National Bison Range to federal trust ...
Local column: Boone and Crockett Club – America's source of a conservation ethic
Post Register
In 1905, the National Bison Society was founded by B&CC members Roosevelt and William T. Hornaday. In 1908, the American Bison Society funded ...

Here's what Congress spends time on instead of Zika funding
Zika is now spreading to through the American South, yet the House and Senate ... America now has an official mammal: the North American bison.
What to do when you encounter a wild animal
The Courier-Express
When you're outdoors, especially in rural areas, the chances of coming into contact with a bear, coyote, elk,bison or other wild animals are pretty good ...

Bison Industry Drives to Recruit Ranchers as Demand Climbs
Wall Street Journal
The U.S. bison industry is trying to draw more ranchers to where the buffalo roam. After collapsing in 2002, demand for bison burgers and steaks from ...

Help Wanted: Bison Ranchers
Wall Street Journal
As the bison meat industry grows, processors and marketers say they need .... It's available to rent in New York City for upward of $55,000 a week.
Cogswell Gallery hosts genuine Western oil painter Dan Deuter, Aug. 13
Vail Daily News
Today, Deuter's love of the Old West — its history and people — is still evident in his paintings of North American bison, horses, Indians, cowboys and ...
A handful of Colorado artisan market finds
Shreveport Times
Almost all made with oil-tanned American bison and interesting embellishments. "Everything is hand selected, cut, punched and sewn, hand-stitched.
You can never have too much yarn
Leavenworth Times
I had some buffalo or bison fiber blended into a roving with what was supposed to be a matching color of brownish wool. As I spun the roving, the two ...
Russell Museum will open next week
Great Falls Tribune
The galleries containing the “The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture” will remain closed as repair work is continued. The remaining ...
New Canaan's Alexandra Nason creating art in unique ways
New Canaan Advertiser
It's unlikely that years ago New Canaan native and artist Alexandra Nason envisioned herself buying bison skulls in bulk, painting different, colorful ...

Many US routes follow original Indian pathways, and other things we learned from Robert Moor's ...
National Post
Many U.S. routes follow original Indian pathways, and other things we ... the Rockies was, not surprisingly, the one that the American bison had used.
As the National Park Service Turns 100, We Celebrate Its Contributions to Wildlife
Huffington Post
Upon the NPS's insignia is the image of a bison, which is altogether fitting. The national parks conserve habitat for many of America's most iconic and ...
New sign for Museum of the Great Plains
The museum and a local sign company worked together to come up with the massive sign that captures the true likeness of a bison, in hopes of ...

The Cowboy Class Wars
Jacobin magazine
The American bison was perhaps the most visible victim: those pushing westward waged a ruthless war of extermination against what would become ...

Guest column: US conservation history
Post Register
People watched the destruction of the passenger pigeon and bison in disbelief. No one had thought it possible to destroy these species, their numbers ...
Population of rare butterfly explodes in Wisconsin
The bison help, but the habitat restoration effort counts mostly on controlled fires, mowing and other mechanical means. Wisconsin has identified large ...
Signs of Hope for Nature in a Rapidly Degrading World
Scientific American (blog)
Take, for example, the massive decline due to hunting of bison across North America in the 19th century. The loss of bison dramatically degraded the ...
DVM & Business  

Veterinarian discusses pathology, prevention of Mycoplasma bovis diseases in bison
High Plains Journal
Veterinarian Randy Shirbroun of Newport Laboratories Inc. addressed more than 200 bison producers regarding the pathology and prevention of ...
No bovine tuberculosis found in California cattle
It allows cattle and bison originating from California to be freely transported across state lines with no TB testing required. According to APHIS ...
Monthly Bison Carcass Report - 8/11/16
Lancaster Farming
BISON CARCASSES: Compared to June report: Prices for bison carcasses, regardless of age or gender, moved higher as seasonal demand for bison ...
Canadian Bison Association Weekly Prices - August 12, 2016
Yorkton This Week (press release)
NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then ...
Bison and bison meat are hot but remain a niche market
The Capital Journal
Brodie Limpert says he finds bison easier to manage than beef cattle, even ... That premium of bison meat to beef is the highest on record, he said.

Archaeologists Probe 850 Year

Old Buffalo Jump In James River Valley

SDPB Radio
Archaeologists in the state are hoping to start excavating a bison kill site near Ree Heights later this summer. It's one of the archaeology dig sites in ...
How Did People Migrate to the Americas? Bison DNA Helps Chart the Way
New York Times
When the glaciers merged 23,000 years ago, the bison populations in Alaska and North America were separated and ... By The New York Times.

Ancient Bison DNA Reveals How Clovis People ReachAmerica
Nature World News
To find out if the bison in Alaska had traveled south to North America through the ice-free corridor, or the North American bison traveling north to ...
Unearthing History
Pamplin Media Group
Between helping identify finds, Ellingson gave a geological history lesson to ... However, larger creatures such as sloths and bison visited the site, and ...

Scientific dig in weird Wyoming cave yields ice age insights
U.S. News & World Report
A third season of excavations in the cave in July uncovered bison, wolf, lion and cheetah remains from the end of the last ice age around 12,000 years ...
Sioux County Historical Trek coming soon
Rapid City Journal
Hudson-Meng is the site of one of the most important Paleo-Indian archaeological discoveries in North America and the site of a bison bone bed with ...
Meat and Recipes 
You Should Be Making Your Meatballs with Bison
Munchies_ Food by VICE
At Rostizado in Edmonton, these albondigas—yep, meatballs—start with ground bison. A little bit sweeter than its cow-sourced counterpart, bison ...
Bison ranchers needed to help build a growing meat industry
Fox News
After collapsing in 2002, demand for bison burgers and steaks from retailers such as Whole Foods Market Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co. is ...
Recipe: Lettuce-Wrapped, Stuffed Bison Burgers
Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic (blog)
Form bison into 4 equally sized balls. With your fingers, make a well in the center of each ball. Stuff about 2 tablespoons of spinach mixture inside ...
Ag and Energy Report August 5th
MyArkLaMiss (press release) (blog)
As the wall street journal reports, bison ranching trade groups, and the ... There is big demand for bison meat especially from companies like whole ...
Grocery Stores Are Selling You Knockoff Cheeses — Plus More Food Fraud Revealed (scroll bout 2/3rd to get to the bison meat, but all, an interestig read)
People Magazine
“I'm a steak lover so I've had a lot of really good steak around the world, but the Japanese .... Bison is a good meat option that's cleaner for your body.

Cannabist Show: He infuses THC bison jerky; He podcasts on weed, geek culture
The Cannabist
Marijuana-infused bison jerky — is there anything more Colorado than that? • The undeniable link between cannabis culture and geek culture.
Specialty meat distributor carving niche in retail
Food Business News (registration)
The brand recently introduced jerky products made with wagyu beef, bison, elk, venison or wild boar in smoked, peppered or honey glazed flavors, ...
Bison Burger Feed Will Celebrate Ten Years
buffalo bison head shot Peterson, Iowa — The 10th anniversary celebration continues at the Prairie Heritage Center in southeast O'Brien County near ...
Tweeds Restaurant & Buffalo Bar
Northforker (blog)
Expect to be taken back an era or two but it does the place justice. The bison burger is wonderful. Add cheese and bacon, you are in bison heaven.
Burgers and more, that's our beloved Fuddruckers
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
If beef isn't your thing, there are also bison burgers, which are a bit more expensive than the beef, but still a nice option to have on the menu. There are ...
Dragons' Den alumnus Carnivore Club is proving it's more than a fad
Financial Post
Carnivore Club is also expanding its product offering and will launch a jerky club and an exotic meat club (with everything from bison and venison to ...
Humpday Health: Better burgers
WWAY NewsChannel 3
A four ounce burger of that grade is about 28 grams of fat. ... Proteins like ground turkey, lean ground beef, garden burgers, and even bison meat.
Steins to Buffalo Theory: Kim's new beer venture
The Mercury News (blog)
Naturally, there's bison. Buffalo Meatballs are served with an Italian-Thai fusion of kaffir lime, Thai basil, marinara sauce and pecorino romano. The BT ...

Eat it: Burger, beer and bluegrass at Mountain Sun
Boulder Daily Camera
(Ralphie, quit reading: They've also got a bison burger.) You don't eat meat? That's your first problem, but we won't get into that. (Cows, I jest.) ...
Recipes From Big Burger Spot: Beef Brisket Sandwich & Bison Melt
Place onions in hot frying pan and place Bison patty on top. Add additional sweet onions on top and press into meat. 4. Cook Bison patty to desired ...

Food trucks carve out a market in Missoula
The Missoulian
Thomas Kreis, 23, co-owner of the Bitterroot Bison Burger Co. food truck, bites into one of his burgers as ranch hand Ken Murphy looks on recently.

Black Bison Pub proves to be hub in Syracuse
Hutchinson News
The restaurant serves a Pub Burger, made from either a half-pound of ground chuck or 1/3-pound groundbison meat. The bison meat comes from ...
S&M Sausage & Meat unveils new menu
Discover San Diego
The Sausage Board from S&M Sausage & Meat with Bison Chipotle sausage (top) and Bratwurst Sausage (bottom) and IPA Mustard comes with ...
Dishes with game: Gator, bison, elk, boar, oh my
Orlando Sentinel
Get adventurous with these meats — you may find a new favorite. ... rib-eye and New York Prime is an 8-ounce Deer River Ranch Elk Loin for $35.
SNEAK PEEK: Wild Idea sets sights on new model
Meat & Poultry (registration)
North American bison, or buffalo, possess a unique characteristic of wildness uncommon to their bovine cousins, beef cattle. Because the original wild ...
5 Healthy Burger Recipes Both Vegetarians And Meat Eaters Can Appreciate
Medical Daily
Barbeques have all different temptations, but swapping high-saturated red meat patties for bison, salmon, or portabella mushrooms can make all the ...
DeHart: New indiginous winery opens on the Westside
Kelowna Capital News
Dishes range from a variety of cheese, meat, game, fish and seafood served on unique wood boards to crispy salmon fritters, bison burgers and ...

Pairing: Meaty cabernet sauvignon demands a flavorful tri-tip
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Bison stew, bison burgers, cherry preserves and venison will do well with this wine, as will beef ribs with a smoky paprika rub. Classic Welsh Rarebit ...
Bison herd highlights Yellowstone National Park visit, wildlife tour
The Yellowstone River and Falls carve a canyon through the center of the national park. Next month, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th ...
With bison numbers still high, changes to slaughter weighed
KHQ Right Now
(AP) - Wildlife managers are considering changes to the hunting and slaughter of bison that leave Yellowstone National Park after past efforts failed to ...
Yellowstone Bison Managers Call For Longer Trapping Season In Future
Yellowstone Insider
Wednesday, wildlife managers said the Stephens Creek Bison Trap will need to open sooner next year, in order to capture more bison.
Innovative bison proposal a positive step toward
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Simply put, the Park Service's proposal would enable some bison to be ... The disease-free animals would be transferred to willing tribal and public ...
Yellowstone bison slaughter may come earlier in 2017
The Missoulian
Montana officials and many ranchers have pushed to curb the park's bison population. The animals migrate by the thousands into the state when ...
Dusty bison
Cody Enterprise
Dusty bison. Raymond Hillegas. prev. next. A bison kicks up dust after rolling in the dirt on a clear, sunny day in Yellowstone National Park on July 21.
Bison relocation proposal met with opposition
KFBB NewsChannel 5
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on a request to relocated a group of wild bison from Yellowstone National park to Montana's Fort Peck Indian ...

Renowned Photographer Captures America's National Treasures
Voice of America
“When I go out across America what do I photograph? Everything! ... At Yellowstone, America's first national park, she was mesmerized by the bison.
Minnesota motorcyclist has close encounter with bison at Yellowstone
(KMSP) - Stopping the car for an up-close view of bison at Yellowstone National Park is a common activity for the park's 4 million annual visitors.
Caring for our national parks a 'forever business'
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
The story of Yellowstone bison also continues to unfold. Our national mammal was on the brink of extinction at the turn of the 20th century, before ...

Billings woman leads park's info office as 100th NPS celebration nears
Helena Independent Record
Closer to home, the agency has been battered by many Montanans for its inability to stem the growth of the Yellowstone bison herd, which ranchers ...
Increase in Yellowstone visitors raises park's concerns over wildlife and safety
The Guardian
“We can always tell the difference between a bison jam and a bear jam, because at a bear jam doors are flung open,” says Reid. “People kind of lose it ...
Visitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100
The Missoulian
In this Aug. 3, 2016 photo, a large bison blocks traffic in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park as tourists take photos of the animal. Record ...


Upcoming Events

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Myrt Lenton Memorial Award
Deadline: Sept 9, 2016
Info: HERE

American Bison Society Meeting & Workshop
When: September 26-29
Where: Banff Centre Banff National Park, AB
Info: HERE 

Deadline for Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship
October 28, 2016

Peace Country Regional Meeting
When: Saturday, October 22
Where: Pomeroy Hotel, Grande Prairie, AB

2016 CBA 33rd Annual Convention
When: November 20-22
Where: Regina SK
Info: TBA

2016 24th Annual Canadian National Show & Sale
When: November 20-22
Where: Regina SK
Info: TBA

2017 International Bison Conference (IBC)
When: July 4 -7, 2017
Where: Big Sky, Montana
Details: TBA
 National Bison Association 

Register early for September Bison Advantage Workshop
Purdue Agricultural Communications
"Bison meat is an excellent product with a high consumer demand. The history of bison, along with the advantages of raising this animal, make it an ...

Registration Still Open for IL Bison Advantage Workshop
Registration is still available for the Bison Advantage workshop, scheduled September 7th in Urbana, IL. The workshop is designed to provide agricultural extension agents, Vo Ag Teachers, and prospective bison producers with a taste of the emerging opportunities in bison production and marketing.
NBA Executive Director Dave Carter will facilitate the workshop at the I-Hotel in Urbana, IL. That workshop, set to kick off at 10 a.m., is being hosted by the Illinois-Indiana Bison Association, and will feature a walk-through of handling facilities at the farm of David Ruhter.
The final workshop, set for 9 a.m. on September 16th, will take place at Cook's Bison Ranch, Wolcottville, IN - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (see story above)
The workshops are being funded through the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which focuses its outreach in the north central US. The NBA is in the second year of administering the grant program. 
Participants must register no later than one week prior to the workshop date to participate. To register, simply with your name and hometown, or with any questions.
  • 09/7/2016 - Bison Advantage Outreach and Education Workshop - IL
  • 09/16/2016 - Bison Advantage Outreach and Education Workshop - IN
  • 09/23/2016 - Rocky Mountain Buffalo Assn. Fall Tour - CO 
  • 09/26/2016 - American Bison Society 2016 Conference - AB
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