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.