Native Village Youth and Education News
HOT SPRINGS — The wire fence between Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park has separated neighboring bison herds for decades.
But now this fence has taken on new importance.
Blood tests indicate that the 525 buffalo roaming Wind Cave National Park are rare — so rare that they are among only two public herds in the nation with a crucial genetic distinction: they lack evidence of cattle genes.
“It’s the closest thing to what used to
wander the prairies for thousands of
years,” said Tom Farrell from Wind Cave National
Park. “This is the closest in going back
in time and seeing what the Great
American Desert was like.”
“You talk about luck of the draw,” said
Dan Roddy, a biologist who oversees the
park’s herd. “It was all up to the Bronx
Zoo as far as what they sent to western
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