Dozens More Bison Released onto Rosebud Sioux Reservation, Creating Largest Native-Owned Herd

November 8, 2021 at 2:57 pm




“Once the bison realized they were free to roam thousands of acres, they took off in an excited stampede.”




Sixty more bison have just been delivered to the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota and set free on the 28,000-acre Wolakota Buffalo Range.

Last fall, 400 bison were delivered to the historic range, which hadn’t had a single bison roam on it in 150 years.

Together, the bison form the largest Native American-owned and managed herd.

The Lakota of the Pine Ridge Reservation also received several hundred bison a few years ago.

The bison are coming from national parks, which are working to restore their populations and give the extra back to indigenous Americans.

The 60 that arrived at the end of October are expected to help diversify the gene pool of the first 400, with more shipments to come. The goal is to grow the herd to 900 by the end of November, and over 1000 animals by spring.

“The bison were wary at first. A few wandered out of a temporary holding pen and slowly walked away. But once they realized they were free to roam thousands of acres, they took off in an excited stampede,” World Wildlife Fund bison program manager Dennis Jorgensen told Tree Hugger.

Watch the video of the emotion-filled moment here.