sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, January 18, 2019

I'll Try to Buffalo You.

There are two bison herds in Arizona: The House Rock Wildlife Area herd near the Grand Canyon and the Raymond Ranch herd is closer to where I live. A guy who owns a ranch near me is a scientist/large animal veterinarian who works for the Arizona Wildlife and Fish Department, sent me some photos that I am sharing here with you. 

The bison are all ear tagged for the purpose of management. Arizona is trying to bring back these herds from the brink, as they are with a lot of other animals in the area like the wolves that were released into the wild in the same general zone.

Arizona does permit hunting of these bison but that hunting is controlled. They don't put the bison in a pen for you to shoot, but you can't just blaze away at will either. I approve of this sort of management. It's responsible and works.

I've heard that the House Rock/Grand Canyon bison are reproducing so fast that they are damaging the local flora and fauna as they feed and trample things (which is what bison do). 

The Raymond Ranch herd roams on the plains south of I-40, between Flagstaff and Winslow on BLM land. Here are your directions if you would like to see them for yourself. It's about 40 miles as the crow flies from the White Wolf Mine. They roam wild, and are not a curiosity in a zoo. Most people on I-40, doing 80 mph from Flagstaff to Albuquerque miss out on this sort of thing. I understand. I'm like them too at times. At other times there is the road less traveled.