The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Bison Program is midway through calving; the Tribe lets their bison run on a natural breeding cycle, where bison breed on their own schedule. This typically results in later offspring, which coincides with warmer temperatures and greener pastures. Pictured here, a young calf barely a week old, stands with the herd southeast of Ignacio, Thursday, May 16. These young bison will be kept to establish a larger herd, breeding once they come of age after three years. The Tribe’s bison herd averages 75 head.