A herd of bison were released into the plains above Fort Collins, Colorado in order to diversify other herds and contribute to plain rehabilitation.
A large crowd gathered to watch 10 new bison be released into their new home, a 1,000-acre habitat above Fort Collins, Colorado.
The herd consisted of nine females and one young female. Four of the females are pregnant and Colorado State University researchers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture hope they start a healthy herd.
Bison have not roamed free in northern Colorado for 100 years.
The new herd will be monitored for the first few months as they adapt to the wild.
The purpose of releasing bison is to help rehabilitate the plains and start a herd that is genetically pure and initially disease-free.
“We’re bringing Bison back to the prairie so they can play an important role in the health of the prairie and the way the ecosystem functions, but also to establish a herd that can donate it’s genetics to other herds that may need it,” said Jennifer Barfield, Special Assistant Professor at CSU. “We’ve been working for many years to make this possible.”