Bison herd comes to town

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A total of eleven bison have been transferred from Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico to the Southern Ute Indian reservation where they will join the current herd.
The new herd of bison journeyed from Vermejo Park Ranch - north of Cimarron, New Mexico.
Wildlife Biologist, Aran Johnson and Wildlife Bison Herd Manager, Jesse Lasater overlook the new herd of bison.
Danielle Austin (left) and Jesse Lasater (right), Wildlife Bison Herd Manager, overlooks the herd of bison that will now reside on the Southern Ute Indian reservation.
From left: Ben Zimmerman, Danielle Austin, Tyson Thompson, Jesse Lasater, and Aran Johnson pose for a photo at the Wildlife Division corral.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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A herd of bison has recently been introduced to the Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Thursday, March 29, traveling from Vermejo Park Ranch – located north of Cimarron, New Mexico. They will join the current herd of bison just south of Ignacio. The Southern Ute Wildlife Division is in the process of acquiring a large group of bison – including a new herd bull – to replenish the tribe’s herd. These new animals are needed to maintain healthy herd genetics and herd productivity in support of the meat distribution program.  A total of 11 bison – a combination of young heifers and a young bull – will be held in the Wildlife Division corral for three weeks in order to acclimate to their new surroundings and the current herd. Vermejo Park Ranch very rarely sells animals from the herd, and this generally only happens for bison conservation purposes.

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