Charles Goodnight Bison Herd

Charles Goodnight, also known as Charlie Goodnight, was an American cattle rancher in the American West, perhaps the best known rancher in Texas. He is sometimes known as the “father of the Texas Panhandle.” Born March 5, 1836, in Illinois and died on December 12, 1929, in Arizona. Buried in Goodnight Cemetery, TX. Mary Ann Dyer “Molly” Goodnight (September 12, 1839 – April 11, 1926) was an American cattlewoman and rancher married to prominent Texas rancher and cattleman Charles Goodnight. She was a 1991 inductee of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.   Is the only southern bison herd left intact from the days … Read more

Bison Timeline

Bison History Timeline As I research historical accounts of bison, most of which I located from Newspapers.com, new information and articles are being added almost daily. It’s a long process, but a mission worthy of my time investment, and I hope; worthy of your time spent reading the articles. I have re-typed the historical news articles, word-for-word, so as to capture the spirit and essence intended by the authors. If you see “____”, this means I cannot transcribe a word for reasons of legibility. Note: You may notice conflicting information as you read. This is not unusual when researching history. … Read more

Belgium

Antwerp Belgium Antwerp Belgium, It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. Since its foundation, the park has been controlled by De Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen, a society originally called Société Royale de Zoologie d’Anvers (The Antwerp Royal Society for Zoology). This also became the popular nickname for the zoo “De Zoologie”. The initial objective was to encourage zoological and botanical sciences. The first director was renowned zoologist and botanist Jacques Kets (10 November 1785 – 1 February 1865). He accepted this position on one … Read more

Yellowstone

Wild Buffalo Wild Bison The first public park, Yellowstone, was established by an act of March 1, 1872 (17 Stat. 32). Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, before the surrounding area became the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Boundary changes, made twice, added small areas to the original rectangle and altered the east boundary in 1929 to conform for most of its length to the drainage divide formed by the Absaroka Mountains. Most of the land adjacent to the boundary is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Nathaniel Pitt Langford : First superintendent of the Yellowstone Park.  Langford was … Read more

Scotland

American Plains Bison located at the bottom of the page American Bison and European Bison in Scotland   The Evening Gazette Port Jervis, New York Aug 24 1871 Mr. Giles informs us that he shall at once send men from New York to construct the fence and fish ponds. The Smithsonian Institute has tendered its aid to the Association to procure, through Major Powell of the Colorado Expedition, specimens of live antelope, bighorn sheep, and black tailed deer, and arrangements have been made for securing moose from Nova Scotia, and elk and buffalo from the far west, at prices little … Read more

Poland

Page 1  2 Poland helped save the European Bison   Warsaw, Poland live camera feed. http://www.lasy.gov.pl/informacje/kampanie_i_akcje/zubryonline Environmentalists Protest Hunting Bison Plan in Poland Warsaw, Poland.  THE NEW YORK TIMES Jan. 2 2017 Greenpeace had gathered almost 9,000 signatures online by Monday afternoon on a letter asking Prime Minister Beata Szydlo to stop the plan. The opponents say Europe’s largest mammals, which live in old-growth forests in northeastern Poland, are endangered and protected by law, and a symbol of Poland’s nature. There are over 1,500 bison in Poland, mostly living freely in state-owned reserves but also on private farms. Environment authorities have allowed … Read more

Germany

American Bison in Germany   Germany Bison Association Wilderness Society Back in 2010, people started an ambitious project to bring the wild European bison (Bison bonasus), also known as wisent, back to Germany. After a 3-year transition phase, the first wild European bison roamed Germany again. Attempts of a European bison from Poland to settle on German territory ended up in authorities shooting the European bison. The reintroduction project became a success. Conservationists managed to transport a European bison herd of eight animals to the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia. The European bison herd has grown, and forest farmers are demanding … Read more

Europe

Page 1 of 2 A BONE CAVE. The Pulaski Citizen Pulaski Tennessee June 10 1875  A BONE CAVE. The migratory nature of certain extinct animals may safely be assumed from their affinities with living species; but direct proof of this, of some value, has lately been obtained in England. In a quarry near Castleton in Derbyshire is a fissure, called the Windy Knoll fissure, which has been ascertained to contain the bones of a great number of bison, reindeer, grizzly bear, wolf, fox, hare, rabbit, and water rat. These were confusedly mingled, and the crevice has been filled partly with … Read more

1896

<< Previous  Next>> / NOW ALMOST EXTINCT / The Courier Journal KY May 10 1896 THE BISON Millions Once Roamed the Western Plains NOW ALMOST EXTINCT Interesting Interview On Buffalo Hunting With Dr. Carver Few people realize that the buffalo is almost an extinct species. There is not a single herd left, where but a few years ago thousands and sometimes even millions of the shaggy animals blackened the prairies. W. F.Carver is responsible for the death of many bison. For number of years he hunted them on the plains. In shooting them he developed in part what wonderful skill … Read more

1885

<< Previous  Next>> / Waukesha Daily Freeman Waukesha Wisconsin Apr 2 1885 GRADUAL EXTINCTION OF THE BUFFALO GATHERING THE BONES OF THE COUNTLESS DEAD FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES The harvest of furs in the Northwest is about it ended, for the buffaloes are on the eve of final extinction. Hunters who are engaged in the business of hunting the buffalo for his hide are returning daily from the ranges on the north and south sides of the Yellowstone river, and report not a bison to be found in a country where they formerly roamed in myriads. Men who have hunted hitherto … Read more