Bison transfers planned for U.S. park, Indian reservation

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FILE – In this March 17, 2007, file photo a pair of American bison head to their new home on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in the northeast Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colo. Hundreds of wild bison would be transferred from federal lands to a South Dakota American Indian Reservation and a North Dakota national park under the latest initiative announced Thursday, May 7, 2020, to restore the burly animals to Western U.S. lands. An unspecified number of bison would be moved from Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to Theodore Roosevelt National Park within the next few months. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of wild bison would be transferred from federal lands to a South Dakota American Indian Reservation and a North Dakota national park under the latest initiative to restore the burly animals to Western U.S. lands.

Bison once roamed North America in the tens of millions, but they were driven to near-extinction in the 1880s.

Tribal officials say up to 200 bison could be transferred to South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Reservation this fall.

An unspecified number of bison would be moved from Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt this week announced a 10-year initiative to advance bison restoration efforts.

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