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More bison set for release on reservation

Oct 15, 2017 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Wrier

In the continuing effort to repopulate wild bison to tribal lands in Wyoming, 10 more bison will be released on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Christine Broda-Bahm of the National Wildlife Federation said representatives from the NWF, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and community members will host a ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 for the release.

First release last year

"The return ofbisonto the Wind River Reservation has been a project over forty years in the making," Broda-Bahm said in a press release, recalling the first release of 10 bison on the reservation in November 2016.

"Since that time, one new calf has been born, and the herd has been a source of community pride," she said.

"The addition of 10 genetically purebisonfrom the NationalBisonRange in Mont-ana builds additional momentum to the project, which aims to restore 1,000 free-ranging buffalo to hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat over the next decade."

The release will be marked by a religious ceremony to include drumming, song and prayer with brief remarks from representatives from the partnerships.

The event takes place on the Wind River Indian Reservation just past Morton, south of Pilot Butte Reservoir, about 24 miles west of Riverton on US Highway 26.

Anyone wanting to travel to the site with National Wildlife Federation staff is invited to meet in the lobby of the Shoshone Rose Casino Hotel outside Lander at 7:15 a.m. Saturday.

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