History of Legislation

History of Legislation for the Protection of the Bison. 1864 Idaho State Legislation passed the first law to protect the bison – after they were gone from the state. 1870’s It became obvious that owning bison was profitable. More and more people were capturing free-ranging bison to establish private herds. (Early 1870’s) Henry Bergh, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He was then engaged in a campaign to gain support for congressional legislation to protect the buffalo from white hunters. 1871 Wyoming passed a law prohibiting the waste of bison meat. Since such laws … Read more