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Monday, June 24, 2013

Oglallas plan to return Badlands to the bison






The Oglalla Sioux tribe and the National Park Service are drafting legislation to give 133,000 acres of the Badlands National Park over to the bison.  Plans are to establish a herd of about 1,000 in the southern part of the park. 
The Washington Post reports that a portion of the Badlands from which Lakota people were driven off to make a bombing range during World War II will be returned to tribal management for the purpose of reclaiming the prairieland and reestablishing bison in their place in the ecosystem.

For those who want a taste of range fed bison,  novelist Dan O'Brien offers a Wild Idea from his nearby ranch.

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