26 July 2012 VIDEO: The Return of the Bison, Part 2 Posted by: John Motsinger | 3 comments | Share: It’s been four months since 61 genetically pure Yellowstone bison made their historic return to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in eastern Montana. (See this blog post to remember how they got there.) Since then, 21 calves have been born at Fort Peck—the first Yellowstone bison to be born on the Great Plains since their ancestors roamed free nearly 150 years ago. Now, those 82 bison are about to get even more room to roam. On Saturday, all of them will be released from their temporary surveillance corral into a 2,100-acre pasture. Then in fall, the bison will be given access to another 5,120-acre pasture, which will provide a total of more than 7,000 acres of their native habitat! While they still won’t be “free-roaming,” technically speaking (“wide-ranging” may be a more accurate term), these animals now have room to grow. Future expansion of the bison area is also very likely. It’s been a long road for the bison and the tribes at Fort Peck, so the release on Saturday is really an incredible milestone. Watch part 2 of “The Return of the Bison” from High Plains Films to relive that day in March when the bison finally arrived after waiting so many years. (If you missed our post earlier in the week, click here to watch part 1 first. ) Stay tuned for a report from the field next week as the bison move on to greener pastures. Learn more about Defenders efforts to restore bison. 3 Responses to “VIDEO: The Return of the Bison, Part 2” Mikel Sansaver July 28th, 2012 10 people here at corral for buffalo release. Two eagles showed up and were ircling above. People are checking the electric fence before turning it on and releasing the buffalo. Kathleen Ebersbach October 19th, 2012 I cried each time I’ve watched the video God bless people like you and all you do I have always loved the bison and wanted them to live freely I would like to help any way I can Ivan - Belgium November 22nd, 2012 Fantastic news, tears in my eyes when I see this! I would like to see it for myself together with my children to make them also realise which beautiful culture once existed! Thanks! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Recap of Pinetop Hearing; Celebrating Sucesses: 700,000 comments from wolf supports in to USFWS regarding wolf delisting proposal; this week USDA annouces they plan to audit Wildlife Services Predator Program. Also- another call to action for our supporters: Tell your Congressman to sign Grijalva and Fitzpatrick’s letter endorsing continued protection of gray wolves! Audit of Wildlife Services to be Conducted in 2014 United States Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General has confirmed that they will be undertaking an audit of Wildlife Services’ Predator Control program in 2014. A rare sighting at Skilak In a remote part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, our Alaska representative catches a rare glimpse of a majestic but elusive animal.