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When bison began dwindling from the Great Plains, Salish-Kootenai tribal members transplanted bison from east of the Continental Divide into the Flathead Valley. Those buffalos later became the seed herd for the Moiese National Bison Range (NBR) and also supplemented the remnant herd of 25 animals that was hiding out in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley.
The National Bison Range, established in 1908, consists of 19,000 acres of natural grassland, which is now home to about 500 American buffaloes and other inhabitants such as birds, whitetail and mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and black bear. The animals can be observed from signposted roads in this reserve, north of Missoula in the Flathead Reservation.
January 25th, 2011
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