Wednesday, November 4, 2009

National Bison Range at Moise, Montana

Just a couple of weeks ago, the annual bison roundup was completed up on the National Bison Range at Moise, Montana.

The Range managers cull out the herd, selling off some in order to control the size of the herd to accommodate the available range pastures, etc.  Microchip technology is used nowadays to identify individual animals, and in that way they control genetics.

The Bison range is 101 years old this year, 2009, and bison were placed on the Range 100 years ago.

We have quite a few herd of bison in Montana, and thanks to people like Ted Turner, several large herds around the West.  I can see bison when I drive south of Missoula about five miles.  There is a privately owned herd that quietly grazes alongside U.S. Highway 93.  It's really quite wonderful.  There are over 200,000 bison in North America today.  The Bison Range at Moise has between 350 and 500 animals.

(Click on photo to open large size view.)

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1 comment:

Dave DeWall said...

I love bison. Had the opportunity to see a roundup in Custer State Park in South Dakota one year, and have seen many a beautiful bison in Big Sky Country. Wish I had a bison cheeseburger about right now, but since I moved to the Philippines the only burger I can get is at McDonalds. Thanks for the photo, I love Montana!

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