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Small Bison Herd Finds New Home On A Reservation Land

Chris Bolt

November 18, 2021
Small Bison Herd Finds New Home On A Reservation Land

The Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota has become the new home for over 50 American Bison or buffalos, where a grasslands area of 28,000 acres will become the new home for them to thrive. This is the first major step in rebuilding bison herds in North America with some ambitious goals. 

A Treehugger report had some details on how large the herd is expected to grow. 

The land is managed by the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), the economic arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Scientists recommend that the herd reach a size of 1,000 animals in order to ensure the long-term genetic health of the group and the species. The land can support as many as 1,500 bison.

With the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as the sponsor and manager behind this release, there were some initial concerns about how well the animals would react. And while the bison were a bit hesitant at first, they quickly became comfortable with their new environment. 

More bison are expected to arrive throughout the next few months to increase the gene pool and make the survival of the herd more achievable. Surprisingly, scientists believe that it could reach 900 animals by next year, which would be quite an amazing achievement.

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