Unless otherwise stated, in this document the term "park" refers only to the North Unit of Badlands National Park. Badlands National Park visitors may begin seeing bison along the Badlands Loop Road. "Last year in 2014, we had the largest roundup in Badlands history of nearly 1,000 bison," said Eddie Childers, the Wildlife Biologist at Badlands National Park. Closer, in fact, to a century and half. Along with WWF, the National Park Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy—supported by Badlands Natural History Association and the Badlands National Park Conservancy—helped make this happen. Their familial predecessors were last residents of the northern portions of the Badlands National Park more than a century ago. Mike Pflaum, Badlands National Park superintendent, holds onto his hat while speaking to the assembled crowd watching the release of four bison Friday into the park's newly expanded bison range. Badlands National Park is one of nine National Park Service (NPS) units that currently support bison (Bison bison) and is also one of the most recent to participate in bison restoration. And now that vision of native bison flourishing in a larger wild home has come to fruition. Four bison were released at Badlands National Park to celebrate the opening of about 23-thousand acres of land for the animals. Badlands National Park is expanding its bison range by 22,000 acres, thanks to $743,000 in donations. Badlands National Park to Celebrate Expanded Bison Range Bison will have more room to roam in Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota. Bison return to Badlands National Park main loop road for first time since 1870s. ... even if the man who worked the entrance gate at Badlands National Park had not handed me a flier warning me to do so. "Magnificent animals. Cheryl Strayed: A Close Encounter at Badlands. Wild bison return to Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Bison at Badlands National Park in South Dakota have gained 22,000 more acres to roam, and visitors could have a better chance of seeing the iconic animals that are heading back onto ground their kind haven't roved since the 1870s. The National Park Service manages the park, with the South Unit being co-managed with the Oglala Lakota tribe. "We donated 424 live bison to 8 American Indian Tribes to help populate their bison herds." The Badlands population, 350 miles away, had been entirely wiped out, but 50 bison were reintroduced there from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota in 1960. Badlands National Park (Lakota: Makȟóšiča) is an American national park located in southwestern South Dakota.The park protects 242,756 acres (379.3 sq mi; 982.4 km 2) of sharply eroded buttes and pinnacles, along with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. 22,000 acres of new range received four bulls.This expanded range hasn’t hosted wild bison since the 1870s. Bison … These four bison are the first to roam an expanded bison range in Badlands National Park in nearly 150 years.

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