Wind Cave NP culls bison herd; excess animals shipped to states, tribes
Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota recently conducted a capture and processing operation to reduce the size of the park’s bison herd by 131 animals. Partnering with wildlife managers in four states, these bison will be sent to establish conservation herds or augment existing herds managed by The Nature Conservancy, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the Kalispel Tribe.
"Scientist believe 1,000 bison are necessary to maintain a diverse genetic pool, but Wind Cave can only support a herd about half that size,” said Wind Cave Superintendent Vidal Dávila. “By working with other organizations we are able to maintain our herd’s overall diversity while finding a home for bison the park can no longer support.”