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Buffalo, River Crossings & Grasslands

In the fall of 2003 we moved our buffalo onto the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands for the first time, after 125 years of their absence. Even though we have repeated this every year since, it never gets old or loses its emotion. Moving them onto the grasslands is the easy part, it's the bringing them back, that's the not so easy part. Finding a herd of buffalo on 24,000 acres is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack.This can take weeks, with weather not always in our favor. Colton starts the process by going out to get a general assessment of their locations and then he and Dan begin the process of bringing them back, as they find them. Dan O'Brien - Colton JonesJilian, Gervase or I are on the home side of the river, in a truck to guide them home. I usually try to take some photos and video, which if I'm in a moving vehicle or it's blowing 60 miles an hour can be iffy.This also makes capturing the natural sounds a challenge. I enjoy this annual experience so much, that I thought you might too... so I'm sharing a video that I stitched together of last fall's release and this spring's gathering. I hope that it transports you to the prairie where our buffalo roam! The song in the video, "Buffalo Roam" was written and performed by our good friend and customer Pat Wyss. Thank you Pat! 

An Entertaining P.S.: Once the buffalo move onto a new pasture, they always put their heads down and start grazing. The Starlings and Buffalo Birds are also back and they follow the herd. They can occasionally be a bit pesky. In the sequence of images below, an almost 2-year-old bull, becomes very annoyed. He literally ended up on his hind legs trying to chase them away with his front hooves, a shot I was unable to capture.  

  

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14 comments

  • Scenes like this and your sustainability practices …. nothing better. Appreciate you all so much.

    Greg Adams
  • Not enough can be said about how this should be the model for regenerative ranching in the Western US. Watching this is nearly as exciting as the wildebeest migration in Africa. When we go back to what worked before monoculture, we can really do right by the land.

    Noah
  • More beautiful photos and fantastic video! Thank you Jill. Thanks to all in the WIB family for doing what you do. We’re proud to be amongst your supporting customers! Cheers from SC!

    Chris and Kim
  • Read about the 1st time Dan and Gervase brought the buffalo across the river just last night. Opened up my phone this morning and there was this years video! Thank you!!

    David Wass
  • fantastique ,,,, ces animaux ont du bon sens,,,,,,,,,, ,,wonderfull

    michel vincent
  • Made me weep in happiness! You have done such a great service, for them, and for us, and for us all.
    Peace and richest blessings to you all…………

    Pamela Maloney
  • Thank you, Jill and Pat, for this wonderful experience at home on the range. it was over too soon. just lovely to stand there a moment with the mighty buffalo. Love You Guys!

    Blake O'Quinn
  • Great Video!!! A thrill to see this awesome roundup of these beautiful Bison.

    Beverly
  • MAGNIFICENT. Love It. Didn’t realize you had so many. I’d love to be there. The feeling of seeing them is indescribable.

    dave

    DAVID l SELLARS
  • Amazing process!! Thanks so much for the effort of putting together the video to share! Spectacular!

    Kristen Numedahl
  • How about that Pat Wyss! As John Denver would say, “Far Out”. Accompanied by a great video.
    THANK YOU.

    Peter Fuller
  • You made my week with the video. It has been a while since I was at the Custer State Park drive. The Bluffer are among the most marvelous creatures that have ever walked the earth.

    2Knives
  • Superb pictures, love the commitment you have both made to the business & herd

    Kent Pelissier
  • Wonderful video and photos!

    Karen Brick

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