Bison from Iowa adapting well to new environment in Wyoming

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 5, 2017 at 1:02 p.m.



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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A group of bison relocated from Iowa appear to be thriving as their first winter in Wyoming comes to a close.

The Daily Ranger reports (http://bit.ly/2m883LS) that the 10 bison were brought to the Wind River Indian Reservation in November as part of a long-term repopulation effort. Bison once ranged widely across Fremont County.

The Eastern Shoshone tribe obtained the bison from the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa.

The tribe's Jason Baldes says the bison have adapted very well to the 300 acres of Shoshone land.

He says the animals have primarily been grazing the existing forage but were fed supplemental grass hay when temperatures dropped below zero and snow storms struck the county this winter.

The tribe is open to having more bison brought to the land.

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Information from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com

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