Bison Herd Successfully Released to Native Lands in South Dakota

On Friday the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) along with the Department of the Interior and leaders of the Rosebud Sioux tribe transferred and released 100 plains bison from the National Park Service to the newly-created Wolakota Buffalo Range on the land of the Sicangu Oyate, commonly known as the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

This 27,680-acre area of native grassland, when at capacity, will become North America’s largest Native American owned and managed bison herd. The release of the bison is part of an ongoing effort by WWF to establish 5 herds of at least 1,000 individuals each in the Northern Great Plains to increase the genetic diversity of the species.

Check out this video of the bison being released, it’s truly a sight to behold!

To learn more about this effort, watch our interview with Dennis Jorgensen, the Bison Initiative Coordinator at WWF.

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