Bison herd boosts conservation nationwide

Herd is unique for representing wellspring of heritage genetics found in and around Yellowstone.

The seed herd of 10 bison released one year ago on northern Colorado public lands has expanded to 16 healthy animals, and the project has contributed valuable heirloom genetics to two other bison conservation efforts — with more expansion ahead.

The Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd galloped onto 1,000 acres at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space on Nov. 1, 2015.

Since then, the project that began as a simple concept — returning an iconic speci

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