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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Nature Conservancy is responsible for re-introducing pure-bred Bison into Missouri..........This program started last October and this Spring 8 newborns came intol the population located at the Hatfield ranch in the northwestern portion of the State......As most of us are aware, while there are about 400,000 Bison living in the USA, most are crossbreeds with cattle.....This crossbreeding was done in the early 20th century in an attempt to save the Bison from extinction........There are only 8 herds of purebreds in the whole Country with the most notable herd being in Yellowstone Park..........Let us hope that additional habitat across their historical range will be set aside so that genetically pure Bison can have a postive impact on the prairie ecosystem

Purebred bison back to Missouri after almost two centuries

BY Maoling Xiong; columbia 
COLUMBIA — After more than a 160-year hiatus, purebred bison are returning to Missouri.
The first purebred baby bison since the 1840s was born May 2 at the Nature Conservancy's Dunn Ranch Prairie, said Amy Welch, the operations and marketing coordinator for the Nature Conservancy.
Seven other baby bison have since been born at the Hatfield ranch in northwest Missouri.
The birth of these eight bison came as a result of the reintroduction of purebred bison to the state in October 2011.  The Nature Conservancy resettled 36 purebred bison from preserves in South Dakota and Iowa.

Although there are more than 400,000 bison in the U.S., most of these have been crossbred with cattle, Welch said. She said the herd at Dunn Ranch is one of only eight purebred bison herds in the country.
Steven Buback, a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said that although he knows of one other bison herd in Missouri, he believes the Dunn Ranch bison are the first purebred herd the state has seen in almost two centuries.

purebred Missouri Bison

The purebred bison were reintroduced to reclaim Missouri's natural heritage, Welsh said.
"They were hunted out by the European settlers. The last one in Missouri was seen in Camden County in the 1840s," said Doug Ladd, the director of conservation science for the Nature Conservancy in Missouri.

In the early 1900s, many bison were interbred with cattle to help save the dwindling species from extinction, Ladd said. And the Nature Conservancy hopes that the reintroduction of purebred bison to the state won't just serve as a reminder Missouri's cultural history. It could also benefit the ecosystem, Ladd said."One-third of Missouri used to be prairie, but we only have 1 percent of the original land,"Ladd said. "The habitat is gone."

Buback said the Department of Conservation is working with the Nature Conservancy to restore the tallgrass prairie."We are trying to replicate the historical pattern on a small scale," Buback said.
The Dunn Ranch staff burns different portions of the prairie at different times.The bison will focus on the grasses at the particular location and avoid areas that have not been recently burned, where the grasses will be able to grow taller, Ladd said.This process is important for providing diverse habitats for grassland birds, Ladd said.

"This will create open space for birds. It will provide places for them to raise young," Buback said.
In addition, the bison's behavior patterns will help physically change the landscape and help maintain a biologically-rich prairie, Welch said."They wallow the ground, causing some disturbance, or just walk around," Welch said. "The depression will help the seeds of different species to grow."

Dunn Ranch-Bison grazing
Currently, the Dunn Ranch Prairie has a 1,200-acre enclosed area for the bison, which is likely to grow in the future, Ladd said."It would take more years to see whether it will have a big impact on the ecosystem of the prairie," Buback said

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