A Momentous Day for Wild Bison Restoration

139 genetically pure Yellowstone bison–descendants of the last wild herd of bison in the United States–were recently released onto the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana, joining the original herd of 48 who were brought to the grasslands a few years ago. This marks the largest restoration effort on behalf of the Yellowstone bison ever on the great plains. Unlike their fellow bison who are treated like livestock and domesticated to some extent, this group will be allowed to live as wild as possible while re-establishing the sustainable use relationship that had previously existed for hundreds of years between Indians and the mighty beasts.

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