Page in progress The Lakota people were the first to call this place “mako sica” or “land bad.”  Extreme temperatures, lack of water, and the exposed rugged terrain led to this name. Text Appearing Before Image: Pt. I., Zool. Mam., 108.Equus curvidens, Owen. Leidy: Proc. Ac. Nat. Sc, 1847, III. 262. See Proceedings of the American Association, at Cambridge, 1849, II. 352. See the map accompanying this memoir, for the use of which I am indebted to Dr. D. D. Owen.* P. 196. INTRODUCTION. 11 From the high prairies that rise in the back-ground, by a series of terraces towards the … Read more

Charles E Conrad

  Charles E. Conrad,  in 1891 founded a town at the site of the new Great Northern Railway division point Kalispell. Born on May 20, 1850 he died in 1902 at age 52 from complications of diabetes and tuberculosis.   The Kalispell Bee Kalispell, Montana April 29 1901 THE CONRAD BUNCH. Of Buffalo Driven in From the Range to the Park on Stillwater. Twenty-eight head of yearlings, two year-olds and aged buffalo, were driven in from the Blackfeet reservation Saturday, having been cut out from the Allard herd for Mr. C. E. Conrad, who purchased the bunch from the former … Read more

Austin Corbin Park

Austin Corbin II July 11, 1827 – June 4, 1896 His life – New England Historical Society 1888 Mr. Corbin conceived the idea of placing buffalo on his game preserve for  the purpose of saving and perpetuating the species, he purchased twelve calves, six bulls and six heifers from the which C.J. Jones had that year. He acquired them that same year from Major Samuel I. Bedson of Winnipeg, Canada This was known as the Stoney Mountain herd, being northern buffalo.   In 1890 Austin Corbin II founded a 26,000-acre preserve. Corbin Park, or the Blue Mountain Forest and Game Preserve (also known as the … Read more

Fly Control in Bison

Fly Control for Bison – Natural-world solutions to natural-world problems – Prepared by: Frasier Bison LLC There are many ways to approach fly control to the benefit of your herd. Most approaches are direct and broad spectrum, such as pyrethroid application. These products kill most, or all flying insects as well as others. It works very well if you are not concerned about a broad spectrum insect eradication.   Common Sense Caution: Bison are not cattle and have a double hair coat resulting in more hair follicle per square inch. Therefore; we cannot be sure that the chemicals designed and … Read more

Southern Plains Bison Pointers Aug 2018

‘There’s Somethin’  Happening Here’ Please forgive my artistic flair and the all to often song reference, but fall is the time when we are caught off guard, and absolutely the time of year that is the most important to pay the ‘attention due’ to your herd-health and garner higher production as a result. Nutrition is a big part of that, but equally important is attention to parasitic build up in the herd. Things happen fast in build-up scenarios that occur in late summer and fall and can cause disease that decreases the ability of a bison herd to yield low … Read more

Branding Bison

If you are considering this, please contact your state for requirements.  Consider The Codes-Branding-NFACC (Nation Farm Animal Care Council) About Freeze Branding Importing Bison- USDA   1889 The Last Of The Buffaloes A Hunting Party Starts Out in Wyoming to Capture Them The Laramie Republican says the buffalo-hunting expedition organized in that city includes J. C. Robbins, Jack Hills, John Woodruff, and Frank Kelly, who are accompanied by a couple of the most expert lassoers in the country. Their object is not to slaughter the herd but to lasso them and take them alive to Laramie.   The herd has been … Read more

Bison Wool

Bison Wool-Down Utilizing Short Carded ‘Down”  Prime Grade In situations where it is found that the cleaned fiber is too short to draw through spinning equipment, short carded fiber may be blended with another fiber which can act as a carrier to draw the buffalo fiber through spinning machinery. The choice of this carrier will determine the quality of the finished product. – A blend of buffalo with alpaca and/or llama makes a stronger, slightly coarser yarn that is excellent for children’s and men’s wear such as mittens, socks, or slippers. On a finer basis, a blend with silk makes an excellent yarn for baby wear or ladies’ … Read more

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

1907   THE WICHITA BISON HERD. Presented to the Nation by the New York Zoological Society. It seems strange that the East should undertake the task of restoring to a permanent basis in the West an important wild-animal species that was destroyed by the men of the West. Greed and blood-lust is not, like the tariff, a local issue. It is thoroughly cosmopolitan. Wherever there is found an abundance of wild animal life, there will be found also the buzzards of commerce-destroying life and wrecking” carcasses. It was the men of the West who got up the wild and bloody … Read more


The Plains Cree Current News :Herds were recently released to the Poundmaker Cree Nation and Onion Lake. Poundmaker received 21 bison from Elk Island through Parks Canada. Onion Lake received 33 bison in February, 2021. (additional Nations also received bison this year)   1690 On the Canadian prairies, Henry Kelsey, reported that the Cree called these noble animals Thatanka, which the English of his day called “buffillo.” More appropriately, “buffillo” were actually bison, but since first sighted by Europeans, the name buffalo stuck in common parlance.   The Plains Cree: An Ethnographic, Historical, and Comparative Study, Volume (In this book, … Read more

Southern Plains Bison Pointers April 2017

Calving Season Tips & Texas Bison Week Tis the season to be cautious and reject the human tendency to over attend nature. That’s easy to say, but hard to do with your money on the table and your compassion for the animals turned up to high trying to be a good care taker. Personally; I have a few rules for myself that make things easier to deal with. Rule #1: never cause suffering or allow it. Rule #2: Do what you can – and leave the rest to good ole Mom Nature. Bison, whether ranched or other, are still very … Read more