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A (Legal) Bison Hunt at Grand Canyon

“The National Park Service officials say bison have been trampling on archaeological and other resources, and spoiling the water.” F. Fonseca, ICT, May 6, 2021

Bison herd by Highway 67 in Little Park. (NPS Photo)

Excerpt: Bison shooting opportunity at Grand Canyon draws 45k applicants, By Felicia Fonseca, ICT, May 6, 2021

“More than 45,000 people are vying for one of a dozen spots to help thin a herd of bison at Grand Canyon National Park.

The odds aren’t as good as drawing a state tag to hunt the massive animals beyond the boundaries of the Grand Canyon, but they’re far better than getting struck by lightning or winning the Powerball.

The National Park Service opened a rare opportunity for skilled shooters to kill bison at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim where officials say they’ve been trampling on archaeological and other resources, and spoiling the water. 

Potential volunteers had 48 hours — until midnight Tuesday — to apply. The opportunity drew 45,040 applicants, about 15 percent of which were Arizona residents. About one-third of the applicants were from Texas, California, Colorado and Utah, said Larry Phoenix, a regional supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The department will select 25 names through a lottery, vet them and forward finalists to the park service. The first 12 who to submit a packet of information requested by the park service will be part of the volunteer program in the fall, Grand Canyon spokeswoman Kaitlyn Thomas said Wednesday.” The volunteers who are selected will find out May 17.

The work is expecting to be grueling, done on foot at elevations of 8,000 feet or higher at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Volunteers can’t use motorized transportation or stock animals to retrieve the bison that can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and will have to field dress them with help from a support crew. Snow could also be a factor.”


Indian Mother’s Day By Native Artist Quincy Tahoma

Native Artist Quincy Tahoma (1921–1956) was a Navajo painter from Arizona and New Mexico. Tahoma means “Water Edge”. As a young boy he became familiar with many religious and traditional chants and rituals. He also was known for creating “sand paintings.” As a boy he spent much of his time hunting and fishing, and later in life he drew much of his artistic inspiration from his boyhood experiences. Wikipedia

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Meet The New Baby Bison!

“A bison calf has been born on Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation for the first time in 130 years.”Casper Star Tribune

The first wild bison calf in 130 years. Billings Gazette

Excerpt: First bison born on Wyoming reservation in 130 years — Casper Star Tribune

“The Casper Star-Tribune reports the baby bison was born Wednesday into a herd of 10 animals reintroduced to the reservation last fall.

Jason Baldes with the Eastern Shoshone tribe says the bison calf is ‘an honor bestowed upon us by the Creator.’ White settlers nearly eradicated bison from the West in the 19th century.”

Do You Know the Difference Between Buffalo and Bison?

“It’s easy to understand why people confuse bison and buffalo. Both are large, horned, oxlike animals of the Bovidae family. There are two kinds of bison, the American bison and the European bison, and two forms of buffalo, water buffalo and Cape buffalo. However, it’s not difficult to distinguish between them, especially if you focus on the three H’s: home, hump, and horns.

From top to bottom: A bison, an Asian water buffalo, and an African Cape buffalo. Photos-Modernfarmer.com

Contrary to the song “Home on the Range,” buffalo do not roam in the American West. Instead, they are indigenous to South Asia (water buffalo) and Africa (Cape buffalo), while bison are found in North America and parts of Europe. Despite being a misnomer—one often attributed to confused explorers—buffalo remains commonly used when referring to American bison, thus adding to the confusion.

Another major difference is the presence of a hump. Bison have one at the shoulders while buffalo don’t. The hump allows the bison’s head to function as a plow, sweeping away drifts of snow in the winter. The next telltale sign concerns the horns. Buffalo tend to have large horns—some have reached more than 6 feet (1.8 meters)—with very pronounced arcs. The horns of bison, however, are much shorter and sharper. And, if you want to throw a B into the mix, you can check for a beard. Bison are the hipsters of the two animals, sporting thick beards. Buffalo are beardless.”


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